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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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Congressional Hearing Held on the Comprehensive Immunosuppressive Drug Coverage for Kidney Transplant Patients Act of 2019 (H.R. 5534)

Congressmen Kind (D-WI) and Burgess (R-TX) have given the kidney community an amazing New Year’s present by introducing the Comprehensive Immunosuppressive Drug Coverage for Kidney Transplant Patients Act of 2019 (H.R. 5534)! NKF has worked very closely with our Congressional … Continue reading

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New Rules to Help Organ Supply Crisis and Funding for Living Donors

On December 17th, the Administration and Congress took significant steps towards improving kidney disease policy and funding.  The National Kidney Foundation applauds these efforts to help the nearly 95,000 Americans waiting on a life-saving kidney transplant. The Administration announced two … Continue reading

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