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This Legislation Watch on RenalWEB tracks pending dialysis-related legislation at both federal and state levels. Features include links to bill summaries, sample letters to send legislators, related news articles, and position papers from contributors. You can access information by clicking on the links listed to the left of this paragraph.

The latest federal budget surplus estimates show that there is less money than previously anticipated to fund the government’s programs. As a result, competition for federal healthcare dollars will be fierce. Therefore, participation in lobbying and letter writing to legislators are more important this year than they have ever been.

If you are interested providing a sample letter or supporting information for any legislation, please contact RenalWEB at renalweb@renalweb.com.

 

 


  LATEST NEWS AND ACTION ITEMS
 
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Momentum Building in Congress for $174 Billion Medicare Fix - Article from The Hill. - March 12, 2015

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House GOP Plans Votes on Budget, Medicare Cuts in March - Article from The Hill. - March 11, 2015

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Why Does the Affordable Care Act Remain So Unpopular? - Article from the Journal of the American Medical Association. - March 10, 2015

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ANA Applauds Introduction of Legislation Recognizing APRNs' Ability to Sign Home Health Care Plans for Medicare - Press release from the American Nurses Association. - March 9, 2015

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GOP Braces for ObamaCare Win at the Supreme Court - Video/news brief from The Hill. - March 7, 2015

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Surprises And Standing: Breaking Down the Supreme Court Arguments on Obamacare - Video/text and article from Kaiser Health News. Article from The Hill. - March 4, 2015

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Obamacare and the Supreme Court: What's at Stake - Article from HealthDay. - March 3, 2015

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New Kidney Disease Legislation Introduced - Press release from Kidney Care Partners. - February 27, 2015
Editor's note: Text of the bill is not yet available.

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Burwell: No Back-Up Plan If High Court Overturns Obamacare Tax Credits - February 25, 2015

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Survey: With Health Law's Help, Uninsured Rate Drops To Lowest Level In 7 Years - February 24, 2015

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Americans Still Divided over Obamacare - Article from HealthDay. - February 19, 2015

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ObamaCare Enrollment Beats Administration Goal - Article from The Hill. - February 17, 2015

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Graphics -- Premium Changes in the Affordable Care Act's Health Insurance Marketplaces, 2014-2015 - February 10, 2015

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Senators Confident ICD-10 Is a Go - Article from Healthcare IT News. GAO report. - February 9, 2015

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When It Comes To The Health Law And Taxes, Millions May Face Penalties - News summary from Kaiser Health News. - January 29, 2015

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9.5 Million Sign Up For Insurance Through Health Law Marketplaces - News summary from Kaiser Health News. - January 28, 2015

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Supervision Bill Aims to Protect Rural Access to Outpatient Services - January 27, 2015

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Budget Office Lowers ObamaCare Price Tag by 20 Percent - January 26, 2015

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No Progress on Medicare Physician Pay Fix - January 23, 2015

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As Health Law Becomes More Entrenched, GOP Divided Over Strategy - News summary from Kaiser Health News. - January 12, 2015

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News Summaries from Kaiser Health News - January 5, 2015


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 STATE LEGISLATION

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Right-to-Try Laws - Health policy brief from Health Affairs. - March 5, 2015
"Some states have passed legislation intended to expand access to experimental treatments for patients with serious or life-threatening conditions."

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Bill to End Organ Transplant Denials for Medical Marijuana Patients Filed in California - Article from The Daily Chronic. - February 12, 2015

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Historic Illinois Bill Helps Undocumented Migrants with Kidney Transplants - Article from CCTV-America. - September 29, 2014

Gov. Brown Blocks Bill To Limit Use of Biosimilars in California - October 13, 2013

California Assembly Passes Bill To Restrict Biosimilar Drug Use - Article from Bloomberg. - August 27, 2013

Bill To Empower Nurse Practitioners Divides Professional Organizations - Article from American Medical News. - August 26, 2013

Mississippi Legislature Passes ‘Anti-Bloomberg’ Bill - Posting from the Kaiser Health News blog. - March 11, 2013
"A bill on the governor’s desk would bar counties and towns from enacting rules that require calorie counts to be posted, that cap portion sizes, or that keep toys out of kids’ meals. “The Anti-Bloomberg Bill” garnered wide bipartisan support in both chambers of the legislature in Mississippi, the state with the highest rate of obesity in the nation."

 

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  FIND YOUR LEGISLATORS

U.S. Representatives: You can locate your U.S. Representative

U.S. Senators: You can locate your U.S. Senators

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  FEDERAL LEGISLATION 114th CONGRESS (2015-2016)

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HR 1130 & S 598 - A bill to improve the understanding of, and promote access to treatment for, chronic kidney disease, and for other purposes

NewHR 1342 - Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act of 2015
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to ensure more timely access to home health services for Medicare beneficiaries under the Medicare program, and for other purposes..

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  LOBBYING AND LETTER WRITING

It is important to convince Senators and Representatives to cosponsor the bill through grassroots letters and lobbying.  A bill that has wide, bipartisan support in both the House and Senate has a better chance of being enacted into law. When the House and Senate leaders choose bills to include in a Medicare package, they will look for bills that have cosponsors from a variety of geographic locations, from both political parties, and support from Members on the Committees that have jurisdiction over the program being effected.

Do not e-mail your Member of Congress, but instead take the time to type or hand write a letter. ("Copy and paste" the sample letters to save time and then edit them appropriately.) It will get a much better response from your Senators and Representatives. Messages coming from the people who elected them really do receive the most attention and are an effective educational tool. 


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 CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEES

THOMAS - Legislative Information on the Internet from the Library of Congress

House of Representatives - Homepage

Senate - Homepage

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 OTHER RESOURCES

Advocacy & Government Relations from the National Kidney Foundation web site
Kidney Care Partners web site

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