National Kidney Foundation Commemorates 35th Anniversary of Medicare ESRD Program

New York, NY (October 30, 2007) - The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) today recognizes 35 years of lives saved through the Medicare End Stage Renal Disease Program, signed into law by President Nixon on October 30, 1972. This legislation, Public Law 92-603, provides near universal coverage under Medicare for every patient suffering from kidney failure, regardless of age or prior disability.

Says John Davis, NKF CEO, This program is responsible for saving hundreds of thousands of lives through dialysis and kidney transplantation. Today NKF and our patient members express our gratitude to the government of the United States for the substantial resources this one-of-a-kind program advocates to care for kidney failure patients."

According to Celeste Lee, an active member of NKFs People Like Us patient advocacy group who has lived with kidney failure for the last 24 years, when I was diagnosed with kidney failure as a young 17 year old woman, I had no idea what life had in store for me. But, thanks in large part to the Medicare ESRD program, I have been able to live a life filled with joy, family, wrinkles and a humble appreciation of the society in which I proudly live.

The National Kidney Foundation, a major voluntary nonprofit health organization, is dedicated to preventing kidney disease, improving the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by kidney disease and increasing the availability of kidneys for transplantation.