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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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Senate Approves Measure Launching Obamacare Repeal Process - Article from Reuters. Article from The Hill. News summary from Kaiser Health News. - January 13, 2017

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The 21st Century Cures Act — A View from the NIH - Free, Full-Text Articles from the New England Journal Of Medicine. - January 12, 2017

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DaVita CEO: ESRD Reg Likely Won't Make Short List For Congressional Review Act - Article extract only from InsideHealthPolicy.com. Press release from the American Kidney Fund. - January 11, 2017

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The Worst That Could Happen: Industry Braces For Repeal’s Possibly ‘Devastating’ Consequences - News summary from Kaiser Health News. - January 9, 2017

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Repealing the ACA without a Replacement — The Risks to American Health Care - Free, full-text, Online First perspective piece from the New England Journal of Medicine. - January 6, 2017

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Study: ACA Repeal Would Increase Uncompensated Care by $1.1 Trillion over 10 Years - News brief from AHANews. - January 6, 2017

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Proposed Legislation Expands Option for Home Clinic Visits by Telehealth - Posting from the KidneyViews blog.  - January 5, 2017

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New "21st Century Cures" Legislation — Speed and Ease vs Science - Free, full-text, New Online viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association. - January 5, 2017

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Vowing To Jettison Obamacare, Republicans Face Immediate Resistance And Risks - Articles from Kaiser Health News and The Hill. - January 3, 2017

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Resolution Introduced to Start Process to Repeal and Replace the ACA - News brief from AHANews. - January 3, 2017

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House, Senate Headed for Clash on Medicare - Article from The Hill. - January 1, 2017

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Bill Would Give Physicians Lead on Advanced Illness Care - Article from Medical Economics. - December 25, 2016

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As GOP Prepares For Repeal, Study Adds To Growing Evidence Health Law Is Working - News summary from Kaiser Health News. - December 21, 2016

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Bill Introduced in Senate Would Expand Telehealth Options for Home Dialysis Patients - Article from Nephrology News & Issues. - December 19, 2016


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 STATE LEGISLATION

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Prominent Democratic Consultants Sign Up to Defeat Single Payer in Colorado - Article from The Intercept. - May 3, 2016
"The anti-single-payer effort is funded almost entirely by health care industry interests, including $500,000 from Anthem Inc., the state's largest health insurance provider; $40,000 from Cigna, another large health insurer that is current in talks to merge with Anthem; $75,000 from Davita, the dialysis company; $25,000 from Delta Dental, the largest dental insurer in the state; and $100,000 from SCL Health, the faith-based hospital chain."

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In Rural States Policy Changes To Improve Access To Home Dialysis Are Vital - Posting from the Health Affairs blog. - April 12, 2016

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Proposed North Carolina Bill Could Make Blue Cross Accept Third-Party Payments for Dialysis - Article and video from WNCN.com. - December 21, 2016

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Colorado To Vote on Universal Healthcare - Article from The Hill. - November 9, 2015

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California Gov. Brown Signs Aid-in-Dying Bill Into Law - Article from KQED and Kaiser Health News. - October 5, 2015

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Calif. Lawmakers Approve Bill Requiring Drug Labeling In 5 Foreign Languages - Article from Kaiser Health News. - September 11, 2015

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California Lawmakers Pass Right-to-Die Measure - September 11, 2015

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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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  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 115th CONGRESS (2017-2018)

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New S 3504 - Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC) Care Act of 2016
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to implement Medicare payment policies designed to improve management of chronic disease, streamline care coordination, and improve quality outcomes without adding to the deficit.

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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

Congress.gov - 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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