About this event
At this year’s Virtual Reception on March 2, the National Kidney Foundation honored two outstanding champions in the fight against kidney disease, Congressmen Bobby L. Rush and Jason Smith, co-sponsors of the Improving Access to Home Dialysis Act. This legislation will help kidney patients on dialysis access timely education and training on home dialysis and get much needed professional support in their home. To learn more about the legislation, click this link.
The Congressional Awards Reception was held in conjunction with NKF’s Virtual Kidney Patient Summit where NKF advocates advanced these legislative priorities:
- Increased funding for federal programs focused on enhancing research and education around kidney disease and better kidney health for all Americans
- Passing a federal Living Donor Protection Act
- Expanding access to home dialysis for those patients that would prefer using it but are currently unable to do so
Rep. Bobby L. Rush (D-IL) Rep. Jason Smith (R-MO)
Patient Advocacy Award Recipient
Living Donor Beth Burbridge
Beth donated a kidney to a neighbor’s son in May 2019 and soon after began working with her Kentucky state representatives and senators to pass a Living Donor Protection Act during the 2021 session. She is now working to build on that success by passing a bill that would establish tax credits for others in Kentucky who choose to give the gift of life.