Why Should You Advocate for Kidney Care? Get involved and make a difference. RSN’s advocacy program focuses on State/Federal regulatory and legislative issues that impact or improve the care of people who have chronic kidney disease, including dialysis and kidney transplantation.
According to the latest U.S. Renal Data System Report more than 660,000 Americans are being treated for kidney failure, also called End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD). Of these, 468,000 are on dialysis and more than 193,000 have a functioning kidney transplant. Each year 100,000 people are newly diagnosed with stage 5 chronic kidney disease (CKD) which is the same as ESRD. About 30 million US adults are estimated to have CKD and most are undiagnosed. Over 103,000 people in the U.S. are waiting for a kidney transplant.