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.
RPA’s Legislative Action Center (LAC) facilitates the important communication between RPA members and their members of Congress as well as representatives in their state legislatures. The LAC allows RPA members to track the progress of and search for all current legislation being considered by Congress.
RPA Virtual Capitol Hill Day 2020
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 Virtual Capitol Hill Day on Friday, June 26, 2020. 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 virtual meeting. As in previous years, Hill Day will be held in conjunction with the RPA PAL Annual Forum which will be a virtual conference on Saturday, June 27.
Please contact RPA’s Director of Public Policy, Rob Blaser, at 301-468-3515, or by email at email@example.com with any questions on Hill Day.
RPA Capitol Hill Day 2019 (Highlights)
On Friday June 21, RPA convened its annual Capitol Hill Day congressional visits program in conjunction with the American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP). This year’s event enjoyed robust participation, with nearly 70 advocates (including 16 patient representatives) calling on their elected officials in 101 meetings, 9 of which were with the Senator or House member themselves. Beginning the day was a briefing during which attendees were prepped on the current climate on Capitol Hill, the logistics of how to do a Hill Visit and what to expect, and the best ways for effective follow-up with a House or Senate office. RPA also offered a ‘Virtual Hill Day’ option for members who couldn’t make it to Washington, and this resulted in over 270 emails being sent to Hill offices from across the country on living organ donation and immunosuppressive drug coverage.
After the morning briefing, advocates took to the Hill. The congressional visits focused on RPA’s 2019 legislative agenda, comprised of: (1) the Living Organ Donor Protection Act (S. 511/H.R. 1224); (2) immunosuppressive drug coverage, for which there is currently no introduced bill but which as of Hill Day is a hot topic where legislatively activity is expected; (3); preservation of vascular access services in the outpatient setting; (4) the CKD Improvement in Research and Treatment Act (S. 1676). Numerous Hill offices indicated their intent or interest in either cosponsoring existing legislation (such as the living organ donation bill in the House and Senate), or becoming an original sponsor for the immunosuppressive drug coverage bill in both chambers.
At the conclusion of the day there was a reception sponsored by the RPA Political Action Committee (PAC) honoring Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD), who has represented Maryland’s 8th district in suburban Washington as a member of the US House since 2017, is Vice Chair of the House Administration Committee, and a member of House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform Committees, and a co-sponsor of the Living Organ Donation Protection Act. Mr. Raskin, a constitutional law professor, offered his perspective on the state of play in Washington and the role of Congress as a co-equal branch of government whose purpose is to represent the U.S. people.
RPA Director of Public Policy Rob Blaser addresses attendees at the RPA Capitol Hill Day morning briefing.
A partial group of participants in Capitol Hill Day activities pause for a group shot before their visits.
RPA Board members Joseph Flynn and Sallie Israelit pose with Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) after their visit with him on June 21.
Rep. Gary Palmer (R-AL) discusses immunosuppressive drug coverage with RPA Board member Harry Giles and Terry Black.
Robert Merrell of Las Vegas and AAKP representative Jon Haydak (foreground) meet with Rep. Susie Lee (D-NV) and her
Chief of Staff Brandon Cox to discuss RPA’s 2019 legislative priorities.
Texas Delegation members Paul Skluzacek, Cindy Corpier, Susan Pool, Patricia Allen, and Muhammad Omar Azam
meet with Rep. Van Taylor (R-TX) to discuss living organ donation.
Arvind Garg, Madhav Rao, Vijay Rao, Kareen Simpson and Kevin Flynn discuss outpatient vascular access care
with Jessica McNiece of Senator Richard Durbin’s (D-IL) office.
Ron Hyde and AAKP representative Dale Rogers present RPA’s 2019 legislative agenda to Sylvia Lee of Senator’s Kyrsten Sinema’s
(D-AZ) office during Capitol Hill Day.
RPA President Jeffrey Perlmutter looks on as Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) begins his remarks at the RPA PAC reception held at the conclusion of Capitol Hill Day.