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Kidney Caucus Celebrates 50 Years Milestone of Medicare’s Dialysis Benefit

WASHINGTON – Today, Representatives Larry Bucshon, M.D. (R-Ind.-08) and Suzan DelBene (D-Wash.-01), co-chairs of the Congressional Kidney Caucus, released the following statement on the 50th anniversary of the passage of Medicare’s End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Program:


“37 million Americans are living with kidney disease and Medicare’s End-Stage Renal Disease Program has been the difference between life and death for millions of families across the country for half a century. To honor the 50th anniversary of this critical program, we call on our colleagues in Congress to renew their support for the millions of Americans with kidney diseases and kidney failure. 


“As we look toward the future, we must recommit ourselves to improving care for those impacted by kidney disease and lowering dialysis costs by boosting investment in programs focused on research and innovation, such as KidneyX. We must also prioritize prevention and improve access to transplants. We commend leaders across government, the scientific community, and patient advocates dedicated to this work."