DPC Hosts Successful Advocacy Day

2024-03-29T01:13:39+00:00April 10th, 2018|Categories: Article, Care Coordination|Tags: |

It was a cold and rainy Tuesday, when dialysis patients, family members and healthcare providers descended on Capitol Hill to meet with legislators about expanding coordinated care efforts. This was a record setting year for the advocacy day, beginning with the application process which saw over 150 applicants and ending with the number of meetings held, 142. This was the largest patient advocacy day DPC has hosted since September 2013 in response to the drastic proposed funding cuts for dialysis. The weekend was very busy, but our advocates were energetic and determined to have their voices heard by lawmakers. Their [...]

DPC Advocacy Day 2017 Recap

2024-03-29T01:13:40+00:00July 13th, 2017|Categories: Article, Care Coordination, Charitable Premium Assistance, Medigap Coverage|Tags: |

Each year, Dialysis Patient Citizens is proud to bring dialysis patients to Washington, D.C. in order to meet with their legislators about the issues affecting patients nationwide. This year, we are pleased to have hosted 25 dialysis patients and their family members from across the country. Patients arrived to Washington, D.C. and were greeted by an informal networking dinner to meet new advocates and re-connect with veteran advocates. The following day, those needing dialysis received treatment in four different local facilities then returned for an afternoon of advocacy training. Our primary “asks” this year were centered around the Medigap provision [...]

DPC Hosts Successful Advocacy Day

2024-03-29T01:50:29+00:00April 30th, 2016|Categories: Article, Care Coordination, Medicare Advantage|Tags: |

After weeks of planning, Dialysis Patient Citizens welcomed 30 patients and family members to Washington, D.C. to meet with their legislators on a beautiful spring day in April for our annual advocacy day. As you may know, last year our advocates were snowed in so we were very grateful for the warmer temperatures this time around! The patient ambassadors who attended this year’s advocacy day traveled from 20 different states and had experience with all modalities; transplant, in-center hemodialysis, home hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis.  We were also fortunate to welcome 15 partners in care; nurses, social workers and facility administrators [...]

DPC Fly-In Participants Lobby Members of Congress Despite Snow Storm, Government Closure

2024-03-29T01:50:33+00:00March 11th, 2015|Categories: Article, Medicare Advantage|Tags: |

DPC’s annual Kidney Month fly-in was held last Wednesday and Thursday (March 4 & 5).  Patient advocates from across the country flew to Washington, DC to speak with their Members of Congress on issues critical to their care.  And despite numerous obstacles, they made sure their voices were heard. On March 4, patient advocates participated in an in-depth advocacy training, as many were going to Capitol Hill for the first time. This training helped to ensure that participants had the information and confidence to discuss the importance of preserving dialysis funding as well as why dialysis patients should be allowed [...]

DPC Advocates Fly to Washington for 2014 World Kidney Fly-in

2024-03-29T02:08:06+00:00April 1st, 2014|Categories: Article, Dialysis Funding, Improve Access to Care, Promote Financial Security|Tags: |

DPC advocates flew to Washington, DC for our 2014 World Kidney Day Fly-in. Twenty-six patients and family members were joined by 19 provider representatives from 24 states. Advocates conducted 94 meetings with Members of Congress and their staff. This year, we asked Congress to protect funding for the Medicare ESRD program and to open Medicare Part C to people on dialysis. Take a look at these pictures for the full story. The patients in the these pictures are our most active Patient Ambassadors. If you are interested in becoming a strong advocate for people with kidney disease, join the Patient Ambassador program! [...]

2014 World Kidney Day Fly-In

2024-03-29T02:08:06+00:00March 6th, 2014|Categories: Article, Medicare Advantage|Tags: |

Dialysis Patient Citizens (DPC) will be hosting our annual World Kidney Day Fly-In from March 11 to March 13, 2014.  Twenty-eight patients and family members from 23 states will arrive in Washington, DC to speak to nearly 100 Congressional offices about issues that affect people with kidney failure.  In addition, the group will be joined by 17 dialysis facility professionals who will help amplify their message.  The day prior to visiting Capitol Hill, participants will receive a comprehensive issue briefing and advocacy training from DPC staff. During this Fly-In we will be speaking with Congressional office staff about ensuring adequate funding [...]

Dialysis Advocates Oppose Cuts in Washington, DC

2024-03-29T02:08:09+00:00October 8th, 2013|Categories: Article, Dialysis Funding|Tags: |

We still need your help letting your Members of Congress know that you strongly disagree with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid's (CMS) proposed 9.4% cut to dialysis treatment funding. Earlier this month we had an extremely successful Fly-In here in Washington, DC. A Fly-In, if you aren't familiar with the term, is a focused event that invites individuals to Washington, DC, to meet with key elected officials on Capitol Hill who need to be informed on a specific issue by the people who are personally impacted. Dialysis Patient Citizens (DPC), American Kidney Fund (AKF) and Renal Support Network (RSN) welcomed [...]

Snapshots from our World Kidney Day Advocacy Event

2024-03-29T02:08:58+00:00April 2nd, 2013|Categories: Article|Tags: |

By Jessica N., Director of Public Affairs For World Kidney Day, more than 75 dialysis community advocates traveled to Washington, DC to raise awareness about kidney disease issues on Capitol Hill. Check out some great photos from the three-day event below. DPC Executive Director Hrant Jamgochian opens up the Issue Briefing at the Advocacy Day Training Session Jean Moody-Williams, Director of the Quality Improvement Group at CMS, discusses quality improvement strategies for the Medicare ESRD Program. Dialysis community advocates strategize with Capitol Hill group members. Advocates get to know each other during the Advocacy Day Training Session. Christopher from Soapbox [...]

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