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.
Recognizing that nephrologists and their practice teams have limited time, an easy way to get involved in federal advocacy is by joining the RPA Political Action Committee (PAC) and Nephrology Coverage Advocacy Program (NCAP).
Take Action Nationally!
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 2017
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 2, 2017. RPA staff will schedule 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 3.
2017 Capitol Hill Day
Friday, June 2, 2017
The Hamilton Hotel
1001 14th Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
Please contact RPA's Director of Public Policy, Rob Blaser at 301-468-3515 or by email at email@example.com with any questions on Hill Day.
RPA Capitol Hill Day 2016 (Highlights)
As part of RPA’s annual Washington Advocacy Weekend, on Friday June 3rd nephrology professionals and kidney patients from across the country met in the nation’s capitol for RPA’s 2016 Capitol Hill Day. Once again working in partnership with the American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP) and also joined this year for the first time by representatives from Home Dialyzers United (HDU), RPA arranged 89 meetings for nearly 50 advocates, including meetings with staff for the Congressional committees with jurisdiction over the Medicare program. Primary issues discussed included: : (1) the Chronic Kidney Disease Improvement in Research and Treatment Act (S. 598, H.R. 1130); (2) the Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (CONNECT) for Health Act (telehealth legislation, S. 2484 and H.R. 4442); (3) Living Donor Protection Act (S. 2584, H.R. 4616); (4) the Flex-IT 2 Meaningful Use Relief Bill (H.R. 3309), and; (5) immunosuppressive drug coverage legislation (formal legislation pending).
In keeping with previous years, the day began with a morning briefing that was highlighted by remarks made by Representative Barbara Comstock (R-VA), member of the House Administration Committee and one of the Congressional requesters of a Government Accountability Office report on gaps in kidney disease research. Congresswoman Comstock discussed the health and fiscal burdens that kidney disease places on kidney patients, providers, and society as a whole, and the need for federal investment in research to address these issues The proceedings continued with the Hill visits themselves, which by all accounts were exceptionally successful.
Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (R-VA) addresses attendees at the
2016 RPA Capitol Hill Day Morning Briefing.
Rep. Comstock discusses policy issues with Drs. Lance Sloan and Vicky Norwood
and kidney patient Charles Ivey.
Dr. Marilyn Galler reviews RPA's legislative agenda with Sarah Reingold of
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's (D-NY) office.
Dr. Tinika Montgomery and AAKP Representative Richard Knight strategize for their next Congressional visit.
RPA Board Member Dr. Robert Fuld, pediatric nephrologist Dr. Susan Mendley and kidney patients Austin Lee and David White meet with James DeAtley of House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer's (D-MD) office.
Dr. Robert Merrell and staffer Michael Lisowski of Rep Joe Heck's (R-NV) office discuss the 2016 RPA legislative briefs.
RPA Board Member Dr. Terry Ketchersid outlines RPA's legislative priorities in
Rep. Katharine Clark's (D-MA) office with staffer Diana Rudd.
Highlights from Hill Day