Tell Congress why they should care about kidney disease

30 million Americans have kidney disease and most of them don’t know that they have it. Kidney disease is one of the top 10 causes of death.

495,000 people are on dialysis and nearly 208,000 are living with kidney transplants. Each month, about 10,000 new cases of kidney failure are diagnosed.

One out of every five Medicare dollars are spent on kidney disease. In 2015, total Medicare spending for ESRD and chronic kidney disease (CKD) was $98 billion.

The United States has the third highest rate of new cases of kidney failure in the world. We are third behind Taiwan and Mexico.

Nearly half of new cases of kidney failure are caused by diabetes, and about a quarter of the new cases are caused by hypertension.

Congress should do more to address kidney disease in the United States.

We need more research so we can find a cure. We need to protect living donors from discrimination. We need to ensure that kidney patients have access to health care options.

Please email your members of Congress today, and urge them to do more about kidney disease.

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Please do more to address kidney disease in the United States

Dear [Decision Maker],

As your constituent, I am writing to ask you to do more to address kidney disease in the United States.

30 million Americans have kidney disease and most of them don't know that they have it.

Kidney disease is one of the top 10 causes of death in our country.

One out of every five Medicare dollars are spent on kidney disease. In 2015, total Medicare spending for ESRD and chronic kidney disease (CKD) was $98 billion.

The United States has the third highest rate of new cases of kidney failure in the world; we are third behind Taiwan and Mexico.

495,000 people are on dialysis and nearly 208,000 are living with kidney transplants. Each month, about 10,000 new cases of kidney failure are diagnosed.

Nearly half of new cases of kidney failure are caused by diabetes and about a quarter of new cases are caused by hypertension.

We can do more to prevent kidney disease, and I am hoping you will help!

I am asking you to do three things:

1) Support more research dollars for kidney research. Dialysis and transplantation are still the only ways to treating kidney failure. There have been no significant medical advances to treat kidney disease in almost 50 years. We want a cure.
2) Please support the Living Donor Protection Act, which protects living donors from discrimination in life insurance and provides them with Family Medical Leave Act coverage so they can take time off from work to donate.
3) Please support the Access to Marketplace Insurance Act. The bill insures that low-income dialysis patients can continue to receive assistance from a charity if they can't afford their Qualified Health Plans (QHPs).

Thank you in advance to helping us!

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]