COVID-19

Learn about how we're engaging with policymakers to raise the priorities of kidney patients living on the front lines of the spread of coronavirus.

NKF Government Relations is working to bring the patient's voice to the Administration's response to the threat of COVID-19. Read on to learn about how we're engaging with policymakers to raise the priorities of kidney patients living on the front lines of the spread of coronavirus.

5/27/2020 — On Wednesday, May 27, 2020, NKF and the NAACP presented a virtual congressional briefing on Kidneys and COVID-19: Navigating Health Disparities in Minority Communities.

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Please reach out to Lauren Drew (lauren.drew@kidney.org) with any questions.

5/21/2020 — The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) and the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) send a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services urging the Administration to address the unique needs of kidney patients as the country reopens. NKF asked the Administration to implement a set of recommendations regarding COVID-19 testing, supplies and vaccination, dialysis, elective surgeries, organ donation, transplantation, and drug supplies. Read the letter here.

5/21/2020 — NKF hosted a briefing for New York state legislators with Dr. Joe Vassalotti and State Sen. Rivera to discuss how COVID-19 is affecting kidney patients in New York, and how legislators can help and engage with the kidney community. Click to watch the webinar.

5/20/2020 — NKF hosted a briefing for Connecticut state legislators with Dr. Sankar Niranjan and State Sen. Slap to discuss how COVID-19 is affecting kidney patients in Connecticut, and how legislators can help and engage with the kidney community. Click to watch the webinar.

5/19/2020 — NKF hosted a briefing for New Jersey state legislators with Dr. Joe Vassalotti and Assemblywoman Carol Murphy to discuss how COVID-19 is affecting kidney patients in New Jersey, and how legislators can help and engage with the kidney community. Click to watch the webinar.

5/15/2020 — The National Kidney Foundation joined with 46 other organizations in urging Department of Health and Human Services leadership to issue additional guidance to make clear that state emergency triage guidance that would limit or restrict access to life-saving care for certain patients with underlying conditions due to the COVID-19 pandemic violate federal antidiscrimination laws. Read the letter here.

5/8/2020 — The National Kidney Foundation joined with 27 other organizations in urging Senate leadership to provide emergency supplemental funding for the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases as well as KidneyX to meet the unique challenges facing people with kidney diseases in response to the COVID-19 outbreak and for future crises. Read the letter here.

4/28/2020 — The National Kidney Foundation members of the Kidney Care Partners community in urging House leadership to appropriate emergency supplemental funding for the National Institute for Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Disease to study the impact of COVID-19 on patients with Chronic Kidney Diseases as well as End State Renal Disease, and to obtain a better understanding of how COVID-19 leads to Acute Kidney Injury. Read the letter here.

4/24/2020 — The National Kidney Foundation joined with 28 other organizations in a statement offering strong support for H.R. 6514, the Worker Health Coverage Protect Act, which would provide premium assistance for COBRA continuation coverage and furloughed continuation coverage for individuals and their families during the COVID-19 outbreak. Read the statement here.

4/22/2020 — The National Kidney Foundation sent a letter to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo expressing concern over reported shortages of dialysis equipment, supplies, and trained dialysis care team staff needed to treat COVID-19 patients experiencing Acute Kidney Injury (AKI), and to offer suggestions and solutions on how to address these shortages. Read the letter here.

4/21/2020 — The National Kidney Foundation wrote to the Medicare contractors responsible for processing Part B claims requesting that they pay for greater-than-30-day supplies of immunosuppressive drugs and non-emergency ambulance transport for dialysis patients who are Covid-19 positive or suspected to have it. Read the series of letters below.

4/19/2020 — NKF hosted a briefing for Ohio state legislators with Dr. Aparna Padiyar to discuss how COVID-19 is affecting kidney patients in Ohio, and how legislators can help and engage with the kidney community. Click to watch the webinar.

4/14/2020 — The National Kidney Foundation joined with 32 other organizations in urging congressional leadership to enact legislation that will help support the health and wellbeing of the American public while also slowing the spread of the spread of the COVID-19 virus, particularly among vulnerable populations. Read the letter here.

4/9/2020 — The National Kidney Foundation joined with 156 other organizations in urging congressional leadership to expand eligibility for the paid family and medical leave program to include individuals determined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to be at high risk for adverse complications from COVID-19, as well as working members of their households. Read the letter here.

4/2/2020 — The National Kidney Foundation sent an open letter addressed to health systems across the country expressing NKF’s dismay at policies that would deny dialysis patients with permanent kidney failure access to ICUs in a crude attempt to optimize hospital resources during the Covid-19 outbreak. Read the letter here.

3/31/2020 — The National Kidney Foundation joined with the American Society of Nephrology to request that FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security release additional PPE from the national stockpile and ensure these supplies are directed to kidney patients and the professionals that care for them. Read the comments here.

3/18/2020 — The National Kidney Foundation and 211 other organizations submitted a letter to Congressional leaders requesting they include provisions regarding access to medications and supplies for people of all ages in the third COVID-19 legislative package. Read the letter here.

3/18/2020 — The National Kidney Foundation sent a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) requesting the Department clarify that organ recovery, transplant, and vascular access surgeries be considered essential procedures that can continue during the outbreak at a hospital's discretion. Read the comments here