Ask your U.S. Representative and Senators to cosponsor comprehensive kidney legislation

CKD patient

The Chronic Kidney Disease Improvement in Research and Treatment Act of 2019 (H.R. 3912/S. 1676) aims to improve the lives of those with kidney disease. The legislation would increase awareness of kidney disease and expand preventative services. Additionally, it would improve care coordination and bring more nephrologists to underserved areas. The bill would also give dialysis patients under the age of 65, who are Medicare beneficiaries, guaranteed access to Medigap plans.

Specifically, among other provisions, the bill would:

  1. Expand the Medicare Kidney Disease Education (KDE) benefit. At stage four of chronic kidney disease (CKD), Medicare recipients are eligible to meet with a doctor to learn about chronic kidney disease and how to improve health to delay dialysis, including information on nutrition, importance of exercise, management of other chronic diseases like heart disease or diabetes, and dialysis modalities. The bill would allow dialysis facilities, physician assistants and nurse practitioners to provide this information and would also include patients with stage 5 of CKD in KDE.
  2. Require GAO to study the use of palliative care for individuals with ESRD. Palliative care includes relief from stress and symptoms related to chronic illnesses with the goal of improving overall quality of life. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) study will gather information on how Medicare uses palliative care and its effects on individuals with ESRD.
  3. Include Nephrology Health Professionals in the NHSC.  The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) places physicians and other health professional in underserved areas and offers scholarships or loan repayment to physicians who work in these areas. This legislation would add nephrologists to the list of health care providers eligible for the NHSC loan repayment program, providing an incentive for nephrologists to work in underserved areas.
  4. Require hospitals to provide information to dialysis centers.  To insure coordination of care, hospitals should give a dialysis patient’s records to their dialysis center after being released from the hospital or even after an emergency room visit. The bill would require the hospital to send the records.
  5. Expand Access to Medigap plans.  Medicare beneficiaries under the age of 65 are not guaranteed access to a Medicare supplemental plan called Medigap, which can help cover the unlimited out-of-pocket costs in Medicare. This legislation would require that all ESRD patients with Medicare would be guaranteed access to a Medigap plan regardless of which state they live in. The provision would ensure that more dialysis patients have the full health insurance coverage that they need.

Please contact your federally elected officials and ask them to cosponsor this important legislation by clicking below.

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Please Cosponsor H.R. 3912/S. 1676, Chronic Kidney Disease Improvement in Research and Treatment Act of 2019

Dear [Decision Maker],

As your constituent and someone who has been touched by kidney disease, I am writing to respectfully ask that you cosponsor H.R. 3912/S. 1676, the Chronic Kidney Disease Improvement in Research and Treatment Act of 2019.

The Chronic Kidney Disease Improvement in Research and Treatment Act of 2019 (H.R. 3912/S. 1676) aims to improve the lives of those with kidney disease. The legislation would increase awareness of kidney disease and expand preventative services. Additionally, it would improve care coordination and bring more nephrologists to underserved areas. The bill would also give dialysis patients under the age of 65, who are Medicare beneficiaries, guaranteed access to Medigap plans.

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[Your Name]
[Your Address]
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