Representing millions of patients, people with disabilities and older adults, our organizations are writing to express our strong and urgent support for the Department’s Office for Civil Rights to issue additional guidance to ensure that schemes to ration scarce health care resources during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic comply with federal nondiscrimination laws.
We applaud your efforts to deliver on President Trump’s Advancing American Kidney Health Initiative. You have stated that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will reform regulations so that fewer Americans suffer kidney failure, more options are available for dialysis patients, and more organs are available for transplant.
ASN represents more than 18,000 physicians, scientists, nurses, and other health
professionals dedicated to improving the lives of people with kidney diseases. The
society’s membership includes approximately 90 percent of the nephrologists in the
United States. ASN is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting excellence in
kidney care and ensuring access to patient-centered high-quality care, regardless of
socioeconomic status, geographic location, or demographic characteristics.