The resource and voice for the independent and community-based dialysis providers.
NRAA provides a voice in Washington, DC for its membership through the implementation of a strong and multi-faceted federal legislative and regulatory advocacy program. NRAA also serves as an educational resource for legislators on national and local issues pertaining to End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD).
NRAA Members play a significant role in our advocacy efforts. Whether it is sending a message to Members of Congress, attending the NRAA Day on the Hill or writing comment letters to CMS, NRAA Members rise to the occasion.
Advocacy in Action!
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Congressional Schedules - check when your Congressman and Senators will be in their home office and available for a facility tour:
Click here for the 2016 Congressional Calendar
Click here to download a list of Schedulers to contact when making your appointments
NOTE: Representatives and Senators spend the entire month of August in their states spending time with their families and constituents.
For more information on prepare for a facility tour please refer to the Facility Tour Toolkit on the Members only section. This is a benefit of NRAA Membership, members can access the NRAA Facility Tour Toolkit with links to all of the documents needed for a successful visit with Members of Congress.
Patient and caregiver participation in the meetings is especially compelling as it gave legislators the opportunity to hear directly about the patient experience and needs. NRAA provides patient funding, visit the Spring Meeting and Day on the Hill event page to learn more.
Day on the Hill - Congressional Visits
NRAA Directors Julie Williams of Branson Dialysis, Branson, Missouri and Rob Bomstad of Dialysis Centers of Northwest Arkansas, LLC, Arkansas meets with Senator John Boozman (R-AR)
NRAA Director Bill Porier and NRAA Member Kathy Bernadelli of Greenfield Health Systems, Michigan visit Senator Gary Peter's office (D-MI)
NRAA Members Naveena Reddy and Tim Weaver of Renal Ventures Management, meet with Senator Bob Casey's Legislative correspondents (D-PA)
NRAA Member Hermina Ramos of Kidney Treatment Center, San Antonio, Texas, meets with Senator John Cornyn's Legislative correspondent (R-TX)
2014 Day on the Hill - Congressional Visits
(From left to right) (1) NRAA Director Joyce Jackson and advocates from Northwest Kidney Center arrive for a meeting with Congressman Adam Smith (D-WA) (2) NRAA Director Julie Williams of Branson Dialysis, Branson, Missouri, meets with Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) (3) NRAA Director Karen Kelley, Portage Health Dialysis Dialysis Center, Hancock, Michigan, with Congressman Dan Benishek (R-MI)
- Coordinating with U.S. Senate and House leadership, Members of Congress, Senators and their staff who serve on committees with jurisdiction or have a demonstrated interest in ESRD policy to promote better understanding of our issues and encourage favorable consideration for the renal industry in legislation and federal oversight activities.
- Communicating with the White House, Office of Management and Budget, Department of Health and Human Services and other federal agencies and commissions that develop ESRD-related regulatory policy to encourage equitable treatment for the industry in regulations and coverage determinations.
- Informing NRAA members of legislative and regulatory policy developments through our weekly e-mail, Renal Watch, and when appropriate, encouraging the membership to weigh in on federal policy issues as they develop.
The NRAA federal advocacy activities are coordinated and carried out in consultation with the Board of Directors by the NRAA Legislative Counsel - Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas.
To locate your senators or representative β visit http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/ or http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm