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    Become An Advocate for Excellence in Nephrology Practice

    It is not only your right but also your obligation to let elected officials and policy makers know how you feel about important issues. It is your responsibility to speak out on matters that affect you directly or no one else will. RPA has developed pathways to allow you to do this. 

    Recognizing that nephrologists and their practice teams have limited time, an easy way to get involved in federal advocacy is by joining the RPA Political Action Committee (PAC) and Nephrology Coverage Advocacy Program (NCAP).
     


    RPA Capitol Hill Day 2016

    As part of RPA’s annual Washington Advocacy Weekend, on Friday June 3rd nephrology professionals and kidney patients from across the country met in the nation’s capitol for RPA’s 2016 Capitol Hill Day. Once again working in partnership with the American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP) and also joined this year for the first time by representatives from Home Dialyzers United (HDU), RPA arranged 89 meetings for nearly 50 advocates, including meetings with staff for the Congressional committees with jurisdiction over the Medicare program. Primary issues discussed included: : (1) the Chronic Kidney Disease Improvement in Research and Treatment Act (S. 598, H.R. 1130); (2) the Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (CONNECT) for Health Act (telehealth legislation, S. 2484 and H.R. 4442); (3) Living Donor Protection Act (S. 2584, H.R. 4616); (4) the Flex-IT 2 Meaningful Use Relief Bill (H.R. 3309), and; (5) immunosuppressive drug coverage legislation (formal legislation pending).

    In keeping with previous years, the day began with a morning briefing that was highlighted by remarks made by Representative Barbara Comstock (R-VA), member of the House Administration Committee and one of the Congressional requesters of a Government Accountability Office report on gaps in kidney disease research. Congresswoman Comstock discussed the health and fiscal burdens that kidney disease places on kidney patients, providers, and society as a whole, and the need for federal investment in research to address these issues The proceedings continued with the Hill visits themselves, which by all accounts were exceptionally successful. 
     

    Cong B Comstock photo

    Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (R-VA) addresses attendees at the 2016 RPA Capitol Hill Day Morning Briefing.
     

    Rep Comstock Drs Sloan Norwood

    Rep. Comstock discusses policy issues with Drs. Lance Sloan and Vicky Norwood and kidney patient Charles Ivey.


    Dr Galler with rep from Sen Gillibrand

    Dr. Marilyn Galler reviews RPA's legislative agenda with Sarah Reingold of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's (D-NY) office.


    Dr Tinika Montgomery and AAKP Rep

    Dr. Tinika Montgomery and AAKP Representative Richard Knight strategize for their next Congressional visit.


    Drs Fuld Mendley with House Min Whip Hoyer office

    RPA Board Member Dr. Robert Fuld, pediatric nephrologist Dr. Susan Mendley and kidney patients Austin Lee and David White
    meet with James DeAtley of House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer's (D-MD) office.


    Dr Robert Merrell and rep from Joe Heck office

     Dr. Robert Merrell and staffer Michael Lisowski of Rep Joe Heck's (R-NV) office discuss the 2016 RPA legislative briefs.


    Dr Terry Ketchersid with Rep Katharine Clark office


    RPA Board Member Dr. Terry Ketchersid outlines RPA's legislative priorities in Rep. Katharine Clark's (D-MA) office with staffer Diana Rudd.


    Highlights from 2016:


    2016 Hill Day collage


    RPA Capitol Hill Day 2017

    All RPA members are urged to take action and get involved in the development of federal policy affecting your practice by participating in RPA's annual Capitol Hill Day in Washiington on Friday, June 2, 2017.  RPA staff will assist with scheduling meetings for attendees, and participants will be advised on preliminary arrangements made for their Hill Day visits prior to their arrival in Washington. As in previous years Hill Day will be convened in conjunction with the RPA NCAP meeting which begins on Saturday, June 3.

    Check back in March 2017 for registration information.

    Please contact RPA's Director of Public Policy, Rob Blaser at 301-468-3515 or by email at rblaser@renalmd.org with any questions on Hill Day.