I am a Kidney Voter. Are you?

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  By Dale Rogers, AAKP Ambassador   It was thirty-nine years ago that I noticed politics for the first time. I got home from school on March 30, turned on the T.V. and was witness to the chaotic aftermath of the failed assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan. It was on every channel, and even at the age of 12 it bothered me a great deal, and I vowed someday to become involved in our political system. That was also the year that my life was forever changed by type 1 juvenile diabetes, which would eventually lead to chronic kidney disease (CKD) in my life.
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GRANT CYCLE OPEN FOR INNOVATIONS IN KIDNEY PATIENT SAFETY AAKP CONTINUES NATIONAL EFFORTS IN PATIENT SAFETY

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TAMPA, FL – The American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP), the largest and oldest fully independent kidney patient organization in America, announced the opening of the 2020 grant cycle for the Jenny Kitsen Patient Safety Award. To apply for the award online, visit https://aakp.org/programs-and-events/jenny-kitsen-patient-safety-grant/ or for more information contact Erin Kahle, Director of Stakeholder Operations, AAKP Center for Patient Engagement & Advocacy, ekahle@aakp.org. Applications are due November 29, 2019.
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2020 AND KIDNEY VOTERS – AAKP MEMBERS FLEX GROWING MUSCLE

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By Paul T. Conway, AAKP Board of Director, Chair, Policy & Global Affairs It has been nearly two years since AAKP began experimenting with voter registration efforts among our patient base and a wide community of patient families, friends and allied medical professionals, including social workers, medical professionals and researchers.
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AAKP PREVIEWS DECADE OF THE KIDNEY AT 50 YEAR ANNIVERSARY MEETING LEADERS IN KIDNEY MEDICINE AND ADVOCACY RECEIVE NATIONAL AWARDS

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By Diana Clynes, Executive Director Washington, D.C. – The American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP) celebrated its 50 Year Anniversary as the oldest and largest fully independent kidney patient organization in the USA with their highest attended National Patient Meeting and awards program in over ten years. The meeting, entitled Driving Innovation & Changing the Status Quo, was held in Washington D.C., September 6-8, 2019.
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AAKP PREVIEWS DECADE OF THE KIDNEY AT 50 YEAR ANNIVERSARY MEETING; LEADERS IN KIDNEY MEDICINE AND ADVOCACY RECEIVE NATIONAL AWARDS

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 13, 2019 AAKP PREVIEWS DECADE OF THE KIDNEY at 50 Year Anniversary Meeting; LEADERS IN KIDNEY MEDICINE AND ADVOCACY RECEIVE NATIONAL AWARDS Washington, D.C. – The American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP) celebrated its 50 Year Anniversary as the oldest and largest fully independent kidney patient organization in the USA with their highest attended National Patient Meeting and awards program in over ten years. The meeting, entitled Driving Innovation & Changing the Status Quo, was held in Washington D.C., September 6-8, 2019.
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Qualifying for Social Security Benefits with Kidney Disease

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Have you been diagnosed with kidney disease? If so, you might be eligible for Social Security disability benefits. The Social Security Administration (SSA) offers monthly financial aid for people who are unable to work. Kidney disease does not automatically qualify for benefits, but thousands of people who are out of work for a year or more due to kidney disease may be eligible for assistance. Medically Qualifying with Kidney Disease The SSA maintains its own guide of qualification criteria, known colloquially as the Blue Book.
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Patient Profile: Gabriella Nelson & Angela Clayton

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By Deborah Pelaez, AAKP Marketing and Communications Manager Gabriella Nelson is a healthy 3-year-old, happy and full of life. If you met her, you would never know by looking at her all that she has been through. You would never guess this beautiful young girl has a kidney transplant! Gabriella was diagnosed with Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) at 17 months old. On December 1, 2017, when Gabriella was 16 months old, her mother, Angela Clayton, took Gabriella to the doctor because she was concerned that she may have allergies.
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THE DECADE OF THE KIDNEY™ – WILL YOU ANSWER THE CALL?

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By Edward V. Hickey III, AAKP Board of Director, Secretary and Chair of Veterans Health Initiative, and Paul T. Conway, AAKP Board of Director, Chair, Policy & Global Affairs It is not every day that you, as a patient advocate, are asked to make and engage in a 10 year commitment – but today is the day!
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AAKP Policy Focus: Top Legislative Issues Impacting Your Life

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By Kent Bressler, AAKP Board of Director AAKP Policy Focus: Top Legislative Issues Impacting Your Life By Kent Bressler, AAKP Board of Director On July 10, President Trump signed an executive order (https://www. whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/ executive-order-advancing-americankidney-health/) that is seen as the first meaningful progress in elevating the national profile of kidney disease and shining a spotlight on the millions of Americans affected by this chronic condition.  The Executive Order has four goals: 1) Prevention and early detection of kidney disease, 2)
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