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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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Republicans Forge Ahead on Obamacare Repeal despite US Budget Worries - Article from Reuters. - March 10, 2017

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New Health Care Bill Clears House Committees - Article from HealthDay. - March 9, 2017

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Five Ways The GOP Health Bill Would Reverse Course From The ACA - Article and news summary from Kaiser Health News. - March 8, 2017

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Physicians Reject House ACA Replacement Bill - Statement by the president of the American Medical Association. Other groups opposing the bill include AARP, American Hospital Association, American Nurses Association, and National Nurses United. - March 8, 2017

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U.S. Republicans Unveil Plan to Dismantle Obamacare, Critics Pounce - Article from Reuters. Article and news summary from Kaiser Health News. - March 8, 2017

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News Summaries on ACA Repeal/Replace from Kaiser Health News - March 7, 2017

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U.S. Republicans Expected to Unveil Healthcare Bill This Week - Article from Reuters. - March 6, 2017

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Living Donor Protection Act Reintroduced in House - Article from Nephrology News & Issues. - March 3, 2017

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House Panel Plans to Mark up Obamacare Repeal Bill Next Week - Article from The Hill. - March 1, 2017

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Trump Backs Healthcare Tax Credit amid Conservative Opposition - Article from The Hill. - February 28, 2017

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Hospitals, Both Rural And Urban, Dread Losing Ground With Health Law Repeal - Article from Kaiser Health News. Free, full-text, New Online perspective piece from the Journal of the American Medical Association. - February 28, 2017

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Step Therapy—Clinical Algorithms, Legislation, and Optimal Prescribing - Free, full-text, New Online viewpoint article from the Journal of the American Medical Association. - February 28, 2017

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Protections in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) - Posting from the KidneyViews blog. - February 23, 2017

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Right-To-Die Fight Hits National Stage - Article from Kaiser Health News. - February 16, 2017

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Repealing the ACA without a Replacement — The Risks to American Health Care - Free, full-text perspective piece by B.H. Obama from The New England Journal of Medicine. Related Online First perspective pieces - February 9, 2017

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Trump Order on Regulations Could Create Hurdles for FDA, Cures Act - Article from STAT. - January 30, 2017

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Medicare's Coverage Of Therapy Services Again Is In Center Of Court Dispute - Article from Kaiser Health News. - January 30, 2017

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Republican Senators Unveil ACA Replacement Bill That Lets States Keep Obamacare Or Opt Into Alternative - Articles from HealthDay and The Hill. - January 23, 2017

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Articles from Kaiser Health News - January 23, 2017

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Health Law Has Never Been More Popular — Just As GOP Is Poised To Dismantle It - News summary from Kaiser Health News. - January 18, 2017

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Trump's HHS Secretary Pick Tom Price Invested in Company, Then Introduced a Bill To Help It - Article from CNN. Other conflict-of-interest articles about Tom Price regarding PAC support and a sweetheart deal from Kaiser Health News. - January 17, 2017

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GOP Dismissive Of Trump’s Medicare ‘Bidding’ Idea — Long A Non-Starter — To Curb Drug Prices - News summary from Kaiser Health News. - January 13, 2017

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Articles from Kaiser Health News - January 13, 2017

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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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A Look at Republican Plans for Repealing and Replacing Obamacare - Free, full-text article from the Journal of the American Medical Association. - December 6, 2016


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 STATE LEGISLATION

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California Dialysis Centers May Receive Quality Boost under New Legislation - Article from San Francisco Examiner.  - February 18, 2017

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DaVita Is Targeted by California Bill to Increase Its Staffing Levels at Clinics - Article from Denver Business Journal. Related article from Record-Bee. - February 21, 2016

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Texas Judge Upends Effort To Limit Charity Funding For Kidney Care - Kaiser Health News article via NPR. - February 14, 2016

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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 H 154 - Of inquiry requesting the President of the United States and directing the Secretary of Health and Human Services to transmit certain information to the House of Representatives relating to plans to repeal or replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the health-related measures of the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010

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New H 212 - Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that any legislation to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act should include a replacement for such Act that includes certain health care consumer protections

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New H 215 - Expressing the fact that the House of Representatives supports the system for prescription drug coverage provided under part D of the Medicare program and believes that changes to such system should not be part of the American Health Care Act of 2017

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New S 222 - Obamacare Replacement Act
To repeal provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and provide private health insurance reform, and for other purposes.

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New H 1072 - Obamacare Replacement Act
To repeal provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and provide private health insurance reform, and for other purposes.

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New H 1628 - American Health Care Act of 2017
To provide for reconciliation pursuant to title II of the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2017.

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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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