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3.4.16 This week marked the launch of 2016’s National Kidney Month and, this coming weekend, the Chronic Disease Coalition will be among exhibitors at the National Kidney Foundation’s annual Patient and Community Education Symposium in Portland, Oregon. The free event includes breakfast with experts, a panel discussion about treatment options and educational resources. It will take place at the atrium at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center on Sunday, March 6. Kidney patients can mingle with other patients and health experts at the symposium. The keynote speaker will be John Fallgren, who received a kidney transplant from a living donor in 1989, received a second kidney transplant from a deceased donor in 1993 after months on hemodialysis and is now lead transplant coordinator at Legacy Transplant Services. Though not often talked about, kidney disease is incredibly widespread. One in 10 U.S. adults has kidney disease, many of whom are undiagnosed. Kidney disease is the ninth leading cause of death in the United States. Here are some additional facts to keep in mind this National Kidney Month: And yet access to dialysis treatment is under threat for many kidney patients. Through discriminatory network and plan design, and bans on third-party premium assistance, insurers are limiting kidney patients’ abilities to get the care they need. This March, the Chronic Disease Coalition urges citizens to reflect on the widespread impact of kidney disease in the United States, and the need to ensure those with kidney disease can access the care they need to live.