Urge Congress to include aid for the American Kidney Fund "Coronavirus Emergency Fund" in COVID-19 Legislation!

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As Members of Congress continue to consider legislation to address stemming the coronavirus pandemic and stimulating the economy, they must include provisions that protect individuals on dialysis and those with transplants.

The American Kidney Fund (AKF) established a Coronavirus Emergency Fund in March 2020 and has provided one-time emergency funding to more than 4,000 dialysis and post-transplant patients so far.

We are asking Congress to include funding in the next COVID-19 federal aid package to allow AKF to provide a sustained safety net program for these patients, helping them with monthly grants over a longer term.

Over 726,000 people are living with kidney failure in the United States. More than 511,000 are on dialysis, and 215,000 are living with kidney transplants. Those on dialysis can have comorbidities and those with kidney transplants are on immunosuppressive drugs; both groups have compromised immune systems and are at a higher risk of becoming seriously ill from COVID-19.

When government officials are advising people to stay home, end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients on dialysis have no choice but to leave their home three times per week for their treatment. Additionally, nearly 80 percent of people on dialysis can no longer work full time, so many are low-income and struggling financially. AKF has long been where they turn for financial assistance ever since our inception in 1971.

We are in the best position to quickly distributed needed funds with very low administrative costs to dialysis patients and those who recently received a kidney transplant. Please contact your elected officials today and urge them to include this request in any upcoming COVID-19 legislation.

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Please include aid for the American Kidney Fund "Coronavirus Emergency Fund" in COVID-19 Legislation

Dear [Decision Maker],

As your constituent and as someone who has been touched by kidney disease, I'm writing today to ask you to include financial aid for dialysis and post-transplant patients in any upcoming COVID-19 legislation. The American Kidney Fund's Coronavirus Emergency Fund has helped more than 4,000 kidney patients with one-time grants, and AKF is now seeking federal funding so that the organization can continue to distribute funds to thousands of vulnerable dialysis and transplant patients on an ongoing, monthly basis for the next year.

More than 726,000 people are living with kidney failure in the United States. More than 511,000 are on dialysis, and 215,000 are living with kidney transplants. Those on dialysis can have comorbidities and those with kidney transplants are on immunosuppressive drugs; both groups have compromised immune systems and are at a higher risk of becoming seriously ill from COVID-19.

When government officials are advising people to stay home, end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients on dialysis have no choice but to leave their home three times per week for their treatment. Additionally, nearly 80 percent of people on dialysis can no longer work full time, so many are low-income and struggling financially. The ESRD population has additional needs, and AKF has long been where they turn for assistance.

Kidney disease disproportionately affects lower income minority individuals. Many of these patients have had to stop using public transit to get to their treatments because it is unsafe for them during this pandemic; it has also become less reliable. Countless others are facing loss of income because of unemployment. Kidney transplant patients, who must take immunosuppressive drugs so their body does not reject the transplanted kidney, are also extremely vulnerable to COVID-19. These patients need help obtaining groceries and other essentials safely as well as safe transportation to dialysis and other medical appointments.

AKF has been raising money to distribute to ESRD patients since its inception in 1971, and it has been administering the Health Insurance Premium Program (HIPP) since 1997. Because of AKF's relationship with the network of social workers and patients, they are in the best position to get money out quickly to patients. Federal funding would allow them to provide funds on an on-going, monthly basis to struggling individuals with ESRD.

Thank you for your leadership on addressing the coronavirus pandemic. In the next relief bill, please include funding to the American Kidney Fund to assist dialysis and post-transplant patients who have been impacted financially by the pandemic.

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