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Washington summary May 2017

Health Care Reform On May 4, the House passed HR 1628, the American Health Care Act (AHCA) by a vote of 217-213. The bill would replace the current Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare). Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX) […]

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Washington summary April 2017

Congress Both the House and Senate are home until April 24. Trump Administration On April 5, the Senate HELP Committee held its hearing on the nomination of Dr. Scott Gottlieb to head the FDA.  If confirmed by the Senate, Dr. […]

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Washington summary March 2017

Trump Administration Former Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) has been sworn in as the Secretary of HHS. He is actively involved in health care reform. Dr. Scott Gottlieb, a former deputy commissioner, has been nominated to head the FDA. If confirmed […]

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Washington summary February 2017

Trump Administration The impact on FDA and NIH of the Jan. 24 hiring freeze for federal employees, except for national security and public safety reasons, remains uncertain.   Reps. Fred Upton (R-MI) and Diana DeGette (D-CO), key figures behind the 21st […]

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Washington Summary: Key issues for the 115th Congress

The 115th Congress convened on Jan. 3, 2017 Some changes are occurring in the key committees and subcommittees that deal with PKD issues: House Energy and Commerce Senate HELP Two Appropriations Committees When we have a complete list of committee […]

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Washington summary: 21st Century Cures is signed into law and more

The 114th Congress is history. The new Congress convenes on January 3, 2017. 21st Century Cures Before adjourning, Congress gave final approval to the 21st Century Cures Act (now known as H.R. 34). President Obama signed the bill into law […]

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Obama signs 21st Century Cures into law

On Dec. 13, President Obama officially signed 21st Century Cure into law. The bill passed through Congress in the past two weeks with strong bipartisan support, with the House voting in favor 392-26 and the Senate in favor 94-5. This […]

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PKD Foundation welcomes new CEO, Andy Betts

We are excited to announce we have a new CEO, Andy Betts. After an in-depth national search to identify the best person to lead the Foundation, our Board’s executive search committee concluded that Andy’ expertise and experience are key to moving us closer […]

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Washington summary November 2016

Congress returned to Washington, D.C. on Nov. 14.  After another break for Thanksgiving, Congress will resume work at the end of November. FY17 Appropriations The continuing resolution (CR) that keeps the government working expires on Dec. 9.  Congress is expected […]

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New partnership with PKD Foundation of Australia to fund research

We are pleased to announce a new partnership with the PKD Foundation of Australia to co-fund a fellowship grant over the next two years. The two-year grant aims to increase the pipeline of researchers focused on polycystic kidney disease (PKD). […]

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My wife’s mother needed a kidney, and I was a match

Steven Russolillo earned two new titles this year: “husband” to his wife, Shelly, and “kidney buddy” to his mother-in-law, Batya. Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) runs in Shelly’s family, and in the summer of 2013, Batya’s kidneys started failing. A series […]

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