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Thoughts on Juneteenth, From AAKP President Richard Knight
Mr. Knight is a former hemodialysis patient who received a kidney transplant for a living donor 14 years ago. AAKP is the largest kidney patient organization in America with a proud 50 year history of matching patients to companies conducting clinical trials for new therapeutics, diagnostics and devices. Dear Friends and Allies, Over the past … Continue reading "AAKP Key Correspondence" Read More
Protecting Access to Pain Relief (PAPR) Coalition, Request for Comment entitled “Management of Acute and Chronic Pain”
On behalf of the undersigned members of the Protecting Access to Pain Relief (PAPR) Coalition, please find written comments in response to the Request for Comment entitled “Management of Acute and Chronic Pain” (Docket No. CDC-2020-0029) issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Read More
Doctors Flummoxed By Long-Term Organ Damage In COVID-19 Survivors
Talking Points Memo (TPM)By Josh Kovensky We still don’t know how much we don’t know about COVID-19. The immediate effects of the disease are devastating.But what has confronted doctors and patients alike since American hospitals began to fill up in March has been another, deeply sobering prospect: that of long-term, maybe permanent organ damage among … Continue reading "AAKP Key Correspondence" Read More
Patient Organizations Engage on All Levels of COVID-19 Advocacy and Education
ASN KidneyNewsBy Eric Seaborg Like every corner of the medical community, kidney patient advocacy groups have mobilized in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The many responses include direct monetary grants to patients; education for patients about the virus and how they can react; increased efforts for communication, networking, and counseling; and mobilization for political activity. … Continue reading "AAKP Key Correspondence" Read More
Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities
Download the official letter April 21, 2020 The Honorable Steven T. Mnuchin Secretary of Treasury16US Department of the Treasury1500 Pennsylvania Avenue NWWashington, DC 20220 The Honorable Andrew SaulCommissioner of Social Security Administration US Social Security Administration1300 D Street SW Washington, DC 20024 The Honorable Robert WilkieSecretary of Veterans AffairsUS Department of Veterans Affairs 810 Vermont … Continue reading "AAKP Key Correspondence" Read More
Advocate Letter Supporting Nondiscrimination
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. Read More
March 13, 2020 - Joint letter for $3 billion request for NIH over FY 2020, including increase for NIDDK
March 13, 2020 Dear Chairman DeLauro, Chairman Blunt, Representative Cole, and Senator Murray: On behalf of the undersigned organizations, representing kidney patient advocates and health professionals dedicated to improving patient care, thank you for your steadfast commitment to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and leadership, including the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and … Continue reading "AAKP Key Correspondence" Read More
February 14, 2020 – Dental Access Letter to HHS Secretary Azar
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. Read More


Message From AAKP President: Winter 2019
Welcome to 2019! As we enter the new year, I want to thank AAKP’s professional staff as well as our loyal patients, caregivers, and professional members for all of their support during a very successful 2018. Also, I want to acknowledge the tremendous support received from our allies and industry partners who embraced the concept … Continue reading "AAKP Key Correspondence" Read More
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