Become An Advocate for Excellence in Nephrology Practice
It is not only your right but also your obligation to let elected officials and policy makers know how you feel about important issues. It is your responsibility to speak out on matters that affect you directly or no one else will. RPA has developed pathways to allow you to do this.
RPA’s Legislative Action Center (LAC) facilitates the important communication between RPA members and their members of Congress as well as representatives in their state legislatures. The LAC allows RPA members to track the progress of and search for all current legislation being considered by Congress.
RPA Capitol Hill Day 2018
All RPA members are urged to take action and get involved in the development of federal policy affecting your practice by participating in RPA’s annual Capitol Hill Day in Washington on Friday, June 22, 2018. RPA staff will assist with scheduling meetings for attendees, and participants will be advised on preliminary arrangements made for their Hill Day visits prior to their arrival in Washington. As in previous years Hill Day will be convened in conjunction with the RPA NCAP meeting, which begins on Saturday, June 23.
Please contact RPA’s Director of Public Policy, Rob Blaser, at 301-468-3515, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions on Hill Day.
RPA Capitol Hill Day 2017 (Highlights)
As part of RPA’s Washington Advocacy Weekend, on June 2 the association held its annual Capitol Hill Day congressional visits program. Similar to recent years RPA was joined by representatives from the American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP) and as a result, a combined 54 kidney patients, nephrologists, and nephrology practice managers visited 106 Congressional offices representing 23 states. Beginning the day was a briefing during which attendees were prepped on the current climate on Capitol Hill, the logistics of how to do a Hill Visit and what to expect, and the best ways for effective follow-up with a House or Senate office. However, the highlight of the morning were comments from Rep. Anthony Brown (D-MD), who served as Maryland’s Lieutenant Governor from 2007-2015 and now represents Maryland’s 4th Congressional district. Drawing on his experience at the state level, Rep. Brown’s comments focused on the importance of ongoing and sustained advocacy, and the urgency of ensuring that kidney disease care receives a funding commitment from federal policymakers commensurate to the need.
After the morning briefing, advocates took to the Hill. The congressional visits focused on RPA’s 2017 legislative agenda, comprised of: (1) enactment of the CONNECT telehealth legislation (S. 1016) which includes provisions on telehealth in dialysis; (2) the Living Organ Donor Protection Act (H.R. 1270); (3) the CKD Improvement in Research and Treatment Act (H.R. 2644); and (4) immunosuppressive drug coverage, for which there is currently no introduced bill. Of particular interest was the Living Organ Donor bill, about which several offices expressed interest in being an original co-sponsor (in the Senate) or co-sponsors (in the House).
Congressman Anthony Brown (D-MD) addresses attendees at the morning briefing.
RPA President Dr. Michael Shapiro and Congressman Brown chat prior to the morning briefing.
Drs. Bill Paxton, Tinika Montgomery and Shaun Conlon take advantage of great weather in
Washington to gain insight on kidney policy issues from Tripp Cofield of Rep. Rob Woodall's (R-GA) office.
RPA President-Elect Jeff Perlmutter and AAKP representatives Richard Knight and Dave White greet Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD).
Drs. Arthur Morris, Vijay Rao, and Madhav Rao along with practice executive Kevin Flynn discuss
living organ donation with Joe Kallenbach from the office of Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL) from the
House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee.
Dr. Teresa Liccardi and Mary Alice Stanford of Louisiana strategize before their next meeting
in the Hart Senate Office Building.
RPA President-Elect Dr. Jeff Perlmutter and RPA President Dr. Michael Shapiro take a break
during their walk from the Senate to the House side of the Capitol.