The National Renal Administrators Association (NRAA) created the NRAA Political Action Committee (NRAA PAC) in 1991 as a voluntary and non-profit committee of members of the NRAA, and their families. The NRAA PAC maintains independence from affiliation with any political party or other political committees.
By establishing the NRAA PAC, NRAA can enlist support from its membership, staff and others within the ESRD community to better educate federal policymakers about the issues surrounding the practice of renal administration, including the issues that impact ESRD patientsâ€™ ability to afford life saving dialysis treatments, and the need for adequate reimbursement for the ESRD program and the impact of Congressional action on ESRD facilities and their patients.
The NRAA PAC is essential for strengthening the NRAA voice on behalf of community based and independent dialysis providers by increasing our engagement in political activities, opening additional lines of communication with Members of Congress and their staffs, and allowing us to compete with interest groups and other organizations that support candidates whose efforts would use the Medicare ESRD program as an offset to future Medicare SGR bills or other legislation, and prevent adequate reimbursement that is essential to maintain patientsâ€™ access and choice of provider.
The NRAA PAC will demonstrate the industryâ€™s collective support for those candidates for federal public office who in turn support the causes for which NRAA advocates every day.
The purposes of the NRAA PAC are:
- To authorize contributions from funds to candidates for national office without regard to political party affiliation. The contributions will be made to candidates who have demonstrated an interest and support to the ESRD community. The funds will be received voluntarily from members and other individuals interested in the promotions of the goals of the NRAA
- To assist NRAA in representing the professional interests of renal administrators as a national representative spokesperson for the development and implementation of public policy.
- To increase NRAA member awareness of the political issues, the candidates involved, and their records on ESRD and healthcare related issues of importance to NRAA.