NRAA Advocacy

August is NRAA Facility Tour Month

The month of August serves as a district work period for Members of Congress to spend the entire month at home with their family and constituents. Consequently, August presents a great opportunity to schedule facility tours with your elected representatives. These visits allow NRAA Members an opportunity to show elected officials how patients benefit from high quality life-saving dialysis therapies, how many patients are cared for, how many committed staffers contribute to that care, and how that care is funded. This allows us to better explain to them why adequate Medicare funding is so critical and the current challenges we face within the Medicare program. NRAA is asking all NRAA Members to request a visit during the August district/state work period in early July.

Inviting Your Elected Officials is Easy

Click here to contact your member of Congress, using NRAA's customizable letter.  Insert your information on your dialysis facility, then identify your elected officials by zip code, and hit send! 

Note: the letter is active and will send to your representative if you insert your zip code, email and click 'Continue'.  So be sure you have customized your letter appropriately and reviewed it prior to sending.  If you have any questions, please contact NRAA directly at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

People (on Capitol Hill) are Talking - Facility Tours Make a Difference!

There is simply no better way to educate Congress about the importance of the care that dialysis providers deliver, and the difference it makes in patient lives. Read what some Representatives had to say after their dialysis facility tours:
 
“As co-chair of the Congressional Kidney Caucus it is important to me to educate myself and others about chronic kidney disease.  I want to thank this facility for hosting me and allowing me to meet patients and caregivers to understand how being on dialysis greatly affects peoples’ lives.” Representative Tom Marino (R-PA-10)
 
“Northern Virginia is home to some of the best dialysis facilities, nurses, and technicians in the country.  It is encouraging to see the incredible care these patients are able to get right here in Arlington.” Representative Don Beyer (D-VA-8)
 
“A payment cut would result in the closure of dialysis facilities currently delivering high quality services to Medicare’s most vulnerable patient population. Failing to cover the cost of care would reverse significant strides made in improving the quality of care and mortality for dialysis patients.   Many veterans depend on dialysis. It’s important that we ensure our veterans continue to have access to dialysis care.” Representative Paul Cook  (R-CA-8)
 
“Kidney failure is a growing epidemic not only here in Maryland, but on a national level as well.  It’s important that we learn how to avoid the chronic health conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and obesity that lead to kidney failure, and also ensure current patients have access to only the best care. I commend the doctors and nurses at this facility for the exceptional work they are doing.” Representative Steny Hoyer (D-MD-5)
 
“I enjoyed touring its state-of-the-art facility and meeting with the professional team.   As a cosponsor of the Chronic Kidney Disease Improvement in Research and Treatment Act I am working in Congress to ensure my constituents and all Americans with kidney failure continue to have access to the important services they need.  I was pleased to learn more about these services during my tour.” Representative Leonard Lance (R-NJ-7)

The Facility Tour Toolkit for NRAA Members

The NRAA Facility Tour Toolkit can greatly expand your advocacy efforts.  Using the NRAA Facility Tour Toolkit, NRAA Members can learn step-by-step instructions on how to arrange for a Member of Congress to visit your dialysis facility and meet your patients, staff, and community partners.  Facility tours are an excellent opportunity to educate your elected officials and candidates for office about the care you provide to a vulnerable patient population and the importance of the Medicare ESRD program.

NRAA Members can access the NRAA Facility Tour Toolkit by logging into the members only section.

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