State of the Union Response: National Kidney Foundation Ready To Work With Leaders To Improve The Lives Of Kidney Patients

New York, NY (February 7, 2023)The following is a statement from Kevin Longino, Chief Executive Officer of the National Kidney Foundation and a kidney transplant recipient, on tonight’s State of the Union Address.

“Every day, kidney patients experience challenges such as difficulty navigating complicated health care systems, struggles affording prescription medication, and trouble accessing much-needed mental health services. We applaud the President for recognizing and speaking to many of these issues during tonight’s State of the Union.

But kidney patients have many other priorities that weren’t referenced in tonight’s speech, including the need to invest in kidney research and prevention activities, enhance access to home dialysis, and ensure that no one dies waiting for a lifesaving transplant.

The NKF stands ready to work with the President, Congress, and other state and local leaders on all of these issues to improve the lives of the 37 million Americans with kidney disease.”


About National Kidney Foundation

The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is the largest, most comprehensive, and longstanding patient-centric organization dedicated to the awareness, prevention, and treatment of kidney disease in the U.S. For more information about NKF, visit