A KidneyBuzz.com viewer called and asked, "I heard about this Legislative Bill, H.R.2644 - Chronic Kidney Disease Improvement in Research and Treatment Act. Is this a good or bad bill for the Chronic Kidney Disease Community? I want to write my Congressman."
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The Chronic Kidney Disease Improvement in Research and Treatment Act is a bill that was first introduced into the House of Representatives by Congressman Gregg Harper. The bipartisan effort to pass the bill failed. Now updated and reintroduced by Congressman Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA), KidneyBuzz.com urges patients to support this initiative which is having trouble getting through Congress but could have a massive benefit to patients health and longevity by funding quality endeavors like the development of the Artificial Implantable Kidney. Yet it only has one percent (1%) chance of passing without your help, according to Govtrack.us. Take action now and sign the below petition in support of H.R. 2644.
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Key aspects of H.R.2644 - Chronic Kidney Disease Improvement in Research and Treatment Act include:
- Improving patient lives and quality of care through research and innovation.
- Enhancing care through new technologies which could include the Artificial Implantable Kidney as well as other promising breakthroughs.
- Empowering patient decision making and choice.
- Providing Dialysis patients access to better care.
- Medigap coverage for beneficiaries with End-Stage Renal Disease.
- Allowing individuals with kidney failure to retain access to private insurance.
- Improving patient care and ensuring quality outcomes
- Boosting patient decision making and transparency by consolidating and modernizing quality programs.
- Certifying of new facilities.
- Improving access to Dialysis in underserved areas.
It is clear that H.R. 2644 will offer access to better care for Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients. However, what is also very promising about the bill is the pinpointed investment in research and breakthroughs which are currently lacking in the Chronic Kidney Disease Community.
For instance, the Chronic Kidney Disease Patient Advocate and Transplant Recipient, Jim Myers said, "There is a large disparity in funding for necessary Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis research to improve a patient's quality of life." He suggested that on average only approximately $30 for research is assigned per person diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease which is the lowest of all major diseases that were referenced including Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) - $4,000 per patient, Cancer - $534 per patient, Alzheimer’s - $101 per patient, Heart Disease - $61 per patient, and Diabetes - $39 per patient. H.R. 2644 could potentially help correct this disparity by better prioritizing and funding Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis research such as the Wearable Artificial Kidney, 3D Printed Kidney, and the much anticipated - Implantable Artificial Kidney.
Hence, the Chronic Kidney Disease Improvement in Research and Treatment Act appears to be a worthwhile initiative which KidneyBuzz.com encourages you to support.
Sign the below petition and pass it along to ask your family and friends to show their support as well. You do not have to be a Chronic Kidney Disease or Dialysis patient to support the common sense policies this bill would bring about. Hence, the more signatures the better!
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It is important that Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients, as well as their Caretakers and Loved Ones, realize that their voice matters. It was the active petitioning, calling, and social media sharing that prevented the repeal of the Affordable Care Act which would have devastated the Chronic Kidney Disease Community - especially Dialysis patients.
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