We engage policymakers, organizations and the kidney community to advocate for legislation that removes barriers to care, improves care coordination and supports innovation within kidney care. With support from elected officials and the community, we can improve patient outcomes, reduce kidney disease diagnoses and pioneer new research that will inform best practices and innovative treatment methods for future generations.
NWKC supports patient-centered policies and healthier communities. We’re encouraging our elected representatives to come together in support of these key bills.
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HB 2421: Establishes Oregon Kidney Disease Prevention and Education Task Force
Why it matters
In most cases, kidney disease can be prevented. And the first step to prevention is awareness and education. About 37 million U.S. adults are estimated to have CKD and most are undiagnosed. HB 2421 establishes the Oregon Kidney Disease Prevention and Education Task Force charged with developing a sustainable plan to raise awareness about early detection of kidney disease, promote health equity and reduce the burden of kidney disease statewide.
The task force will design an ongoing public information campaign about kidney disease that includes health education workshops and seminars, research, preventive screening and social media, television and radio advertising leading to healthier behaviors and early detection.
Waiting approval by the Joint Committee On Ways and Means
SB 5003: Enacting the living donor act
Why it matters
Most organ donations come from deceased donors, but this is a last resort option caused by a lack of available living donors. The decision to become a living organ donor is not an easy one and the process comes with great risk and sacrifice. In Washington, living donors commonly experience insurance discrimination, which makes it difficult to change or obtain both health and life insurance. These factors reduce the likelihood a person will donate.
A lack of living donors means patients may wait years before receiving a transplant – time some people can’t afford. On average, one person dies while waiting for a transplant every day in Washington. Living organ donation not only decreases the time individuals wait for a transplant, living organs also tend to survive longer, and transplant recipients experience fewer complications.
This bill provides protection to living donors from discriminatory practices by insurers, making it more likely people will feel safe donating an organ, and leading to better health outcomes for all.
Passed, signed into law
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