HEALTHCARE/HHS/TRUMP EXECUTIVE ORDERS: “By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows…

My Administration is dedicated to advancing American kidney health.  The state of care for patients with chronic kidney disease and end-stage renal disease (ESRD) is unacceptable:  too many at-risk patients progress to late-stage kidney failure; the mortality rate is too high; current treatment options are expensive and do not produce an acceptable quality of life; and there are not enough kidneys donated to meet the current demand for transplants…

It is the policy of the United States to:

(a)  prevent kidney failure whenever possible through better diagnosis, treatment, and incentives for preventive care;

(b)  increase patient choice through affordable alternative treatments for ESRD by encouraging higher value care, educating patients on treatment alternatives, and encouraging the development of artificial kidneys; and

(c)  increase access to kidney transplants by modernizing the organ recovery and transplantation systems and updating outmoded and counterproductive regulations…

Within 120 days of the date of this order, the Secretary of Health and Human Services (Secretary) shall launch an awareness initiative at the Department of Health and Human Services (Department) to aid the Secretary’s efforts to educate patients and support programs that promote kidney disease awareness.  The initiative shall develop proposals for the Secretary to support research regarding preventing, treating, and slowing progression of kidney disease; to improve kidney transplantation; and to share information with patients and providers to enhance awareness of the causes and consequences of kidney disease.”

-Donald Trump, “Executive Order on Advancing American Kidney Health,” whitehouse.gov, July 10, 2019

[Note: Read the full Executive Order signed by Donald Trump.]