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September 23, 2019

As temperatures cool and the California legislature winds down from a flurry of late summer activity, two bills that would impact kidney disease patients recently landed on Governor Newsom’s desk for his signature or veto.  

September 17, 2019

Dialysis Patient Citizens (DPC) works hard to promote financial security as financial hardships are common for many people with end-stage renal disease. Congress has introduced a bill that would decrease the financial burden experienced by many dialysis patients and improve their access to care.

September 11, 2019

Last month, DPC spoke with lawmakers at the National Conference of State Legislatures about the importance of having access to a supplemental insurance like Medigap to help pay for the deductibles and co-pays not covered by Medicare. When Medigap plans were first introduced, Congress only guaranteed issue of these plans to traditional Medicare beneficiaries and therefore did not extend this protection to those who gain Medicare coverage prior to age 65, including people with end-stage renal disease.

September 4, 2019

In response to the Administration's announcement to improve kidney health in America, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed a rule to implement a mandatory Medicare payment model designed to increase the number of home dialysis treatments and kidney transplants, all whi

August 6, 2019

With summer temperatures on the rise, so too are kidney care issues both nationally and in California, where dialysis policies in particular remain hot button topics despite the defeat of Proposition 8 last November by a relatively wide margin.

August 1, 2019

Elevate the Voice of Patients with Kidney Disease and Their Caregivers

Fellow kidney patients and family members, our 2019 Annual Membership Survey is live, and it will remain open until Friday, August 16. This survey takes your input as a patient with kidney disease and helps to shape our public policy agenda and patient education priorities for the next year. This year we are also surveying family caregivers of dialysis patients.

July 18, 2019

DPC supports an adequately funded treatment infrastructure that offers stable and convenient sources of care that rewards performance and incentivizes quality outcomes. In addition, we are committed to ensuring access to all forms of treatment for end-stage renal disease, including transplantation. As a result, we work closely with others within the renal community to advocate for adequate policy solutions that encourage organ donation and protect patients' health.

July 11, 2019


President Donald J. Trump thanks DPC Board Member Nancy Scott prior to signing an Executive Order on Advancing American Kidney Health Wednesday, July 10, 2019, at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

July 9, 2019

Advocates spent a day of training getting up to speed on the latest legislation impacting the kidney community, which included presentations by Representative Donald Payne Jr. and DPC CEO Hrant Jamgochian. A rooftop reception followed where advocates strategized about the next day's meetings on Capitol Hill. The event culminated with over 100 meetings with lawmakers and their legislative staff about improving dialysis patient care. 

Below are the photos from DPC's Advocacy Day:

June 25, 2019

Congressman Donald Payne Jr. is a Representative for New Jersey's 10th congressional district. He has end-stage renal disease (ESRD) and receives in-center dialysis treatment multiple times a week. Payne spoke with advocates during DPC's 2019 Annual Fly-In about his experience with dialysis and the efforts he is taking to elevate the patient voice.

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