Advocacy

Join us in educating your elected officials about how they can help fight PKD. Your voice is a vital piece of the puzzle for helping increase PKD research dollars to bring treatments and therapies to patients, and provide the best care for those who are reliant on dialysis or a kidney transplant to stay alive.

What is advocacy?

Advocacy is the foundation of democracy. It is an attempt to influence public policy, by a person or a group, in a way that brings about legislative action or change. Members of Congress look to their constituents to bring important information to their attention. As someone with PKD, or family, or a friend or colleague, you know more about PKD than anyone else.

Why is it important?

We encourage people with PKD and those that care about them to meet with their local congressional representatives because just one personal story and one relationship can make a significant difference. Additionally, members of Congress want and need to hear from you.

“As a senator, I was always happy to hear from people from my home state. I received many requests for consideration, and hearing from people helped me set priorities. They informed me about what mattered to Utah – the state that I represented. It’s critical for people in the PKD community to vocalize why PKD-related legislation is important in their states. The efforts people put into advocacy truly does have an impact.”

– The Honorable Robert F. Bennett (former Senator Utah) and former PKD Foundation Board of Trustees member

Our current legislative priorities

Now more than ever, it is critical for patients to advocate on behalf of themselves, families, friends and colleagues with PKD. Share your voice and tell your elected officials how they can help fight PKD.

Support 21st Century Cures Act (H.R. 6)

Take action: In April 2016, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension (HELP) Committee approved the last of 19 bills to improve biomedical research and spur health innovation. This Senate package is an alternative to the 21st Century Cures Act, which the House passed last year. Ask your Senators to pass a health innovation package with guaranteed funding.

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Support Living Donor Protection Act (S. 2584/H.R. 4616)

Take action: Please contact your representative and senators and urge them to cosponsor S. 2584/H.R. 4616 and support legislation to protect the rights of living donors and remove barriers to organ donation.

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Support additional funding for kidney research

Take action: In June 2016, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved $34.1 billion for National Institutes of Health (NIH) which is a $2 billion increase above the current spending level and provides a $75 million increase for National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). Ask your senators to pass the $2 billion increase in NIH funding.

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Support the Kidney Caucus

Take action: Please contact your representative and ask them to join the Kidney Caucus.

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Support the Rare Disease Caucus

Take action: Please contact your representative and ask them to join the Rare Disease Caucus.

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