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The National Kidney Foundation's advocacy movement is for all people affected by CKD, transplant candidates and recipients, living and potential donors, donor families and caregivers. We empower, educate and encourage you to get involved on issues relating to CKD, donation and transplantation.

Sounding the Alarm, Acute Kidney Injury, and Asking the Experts

By Kevin Longino, CEO of National Kidney Foundation and kidney transplant patient With ambulance sirens ringing out in most large cities across the U.S., NKF is sounding the alarm to ensure kidney patients receive the same access to lifesaving COVID-19 … Continue reading

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Finding Community in Isolation

Some days, the quarantine seems normal; some days it hits me in a way that makes me think, “what in the world is going on?!” As I told my husband one day last week, this is not our first experience … Continue reading

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“Appreciating the Simple Things”

By Kevin Longino, CEO of National Kidney Foundation and kidney transplant patient April 2, 2020 With 3 out of 4 Americans under some type of shelter in place, do not travel, or stay at home order, living with kidney disease … Continue reading

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Kidney X Challenge fuels and funds patient innovation

Last week at NKF’s Spring Clinical Meetings Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Eric Hargan announced the 25 winners of the Kidney X Patient Innovator Challenge. This award provides cash prizes to patients, care partners … Continue reading

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Challenges, Unusual Opportunities and A New Respect for Lace-Ups during COVID-19

By Kevin Longino, CEO ofNational Kidney Foundation and kidney transplant patient With each new week during the COVID-19 crisis we all find ourselves dealing with new challenges and some unusual opportunities. So, first some challenges. Dialysis, Moving to Home Our … Continue reading

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Supporting you during the coronavirus pandemic

By Kevin Longino, CEO, National Kidney Foundation and kidney transplant patient I know the heightened concern you all have right now regarding the COVID-19 outbreak, and it can be unsettling. As a kidney transplant patient on a daily regimen of … Continue reading

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The Comprehensive Immunosuppressive Drug Coverage for Kidney Transplant Patients Act (H.R. 5534) Passes House E&C Health Subcommittee

The House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee gave a gift to kidney transplant patients on March 11th, the day before World Kidney Day, when it unanimously passed the Comprehensive Immunosuppressive Drug Coverage for Kidney Transplant Patients Act (H.R. 5534). During … Continue reading

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2020 Kidney Patient Summit Postponed

Over the weekend, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its recommendations for older adults and people with kidney disease or other severe chronic medical conditions. They note that these groups appear to be at higher risk for … Continue reading

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Educating Congress about KidneyX’s Important Role in Accelerating Kidney Care

By Kevin Longino, Kidney Transplant Recipient and CEO of the National Kidney Foundation Earlier this month, I had the honor of joining several distinguished panelists to educate policymakers and request that Congress fund KidneyX at $25 million for FY 2021.  … Continue reading

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NKF Applauds Administration’s Focus on Kidney Health

On February 10th, the Administration released its vision for funding the U.S. government, including proposals to extend Medicare coverage for immunosuppressive drugs for kidney transplant patients.  This policy change could save the lives and transplants of thousands of kidney patients, … Continue reading

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