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Washington Redskins Players, Kidney Disease Patients, Advocates Unveil National Petition Calling on Congress for Additional Kidney Care Support
Date:6/19/2008

CKD will progress to end stage renal disease (ESRD), commonly known as kidney failure. ESRD is an irreversible condition which is fatal without a kidney transplant or lifesaving dialysis treatments.

The kidney community endorses vital legislation -- The Kidney Care Quality and Education Act -- which would improve patient education, kidney care quality and kidney disease prevention initiatives, as well as create a much-need annual update for dialysis care. The community applauds the efforts of the Senate for proposing Medicare legislation that includes these critical reforms.

"I am proud to be united with the 70,000 concerned patients, doctors and others who signed this petition, and who are raising their voices today on behalf of the millions of people living with kidney disease in our country," said Redskin player Reed Doughty. "It is disheartening that a disease affecting so many people doesn't receive more attention -- and I hope that our collaboration on this petition to Congress will help change that."

The KCP community petition generated the more than 70,000 signatures from supporters in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. With the rising incidence of kidney disease, and the number of individuals with kidney failure expected to double in the next ten years, the KCP petition calls for Congress to pass important CKD Medicare program improvements including quality-oriented changes and awareness building initiatives, including:

-- Programs to educate the public and at-risk communities about the dangers

and warning signs of kidney disease

-- Pre-dialysis education for individuals with kidney disease to help slow

progression of CKD and its complications and prepare for treatment after

kidney failure

-- Program reforms to maintain patient access to high quality care by

providing annual inflation adjustments for dialysis like those for all

other Medicare provide
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SOURCE Kidney Care Partners
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