FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 25, 2019
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GUILLEN ADVOCATES FOR KIDNEY HEALTH
AUSTIN - State Rep. Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) has successfully passed HB 1225 and HCR 43 through the House of Representatives, the measures moving on to the Senate for further consideration. HB 1225 re-establishes the Chronic Kidney Disease Task Force and HCR 43 designates February as Kidney Health Awareness Month.
"Chronic kidney disease poses a major issue for families, medical professionals, and the healthcare system," said Guillen. "We need to raise awareness, so that we may develop better detection, prevention, and treatment methods to properly combat this deadly disease."
Kidney diseases often go unnoticed until later stages, making treatment more difficult. More than 30 million people are estimated to have kidney disease in the United States, with one in every three Americans at risk. Over 50,000 Texans receive dialysis and the cost of Medicare for kidney diseases totaling $114 billion in 2016, yet many lack awareness to the prevalence and seriousness of the disorder.
To address this issue, Guillen's HB 1225 re-establishes the Chronic Kidney Disease Task Force. The task force will be responsible for implementing the state's plan for prevention, detection, diagnosis, and management with various partners, as well as educating health care professionals on clinical practice guidelines. The task force will also be required to submit reports to the Legislature and the Governor regarding their work. HCR 43 designates February as Kidney Health Awareness Month to help increase awareness.
"The issue of chronic kidney disease must be addressed as an urgent health priority," added Guillen. "HB 1225 and HCR 43 ensures that the state actively fights for the health of all Texans."
Serving ten rural South Texas counties in the Texas House of Representatives, Ryan Guillen is known for his hard work, fierce independence, and relentless efforts for South Texas families. Recently, Capitol Inside called him a “House Bill Machine,” and a “one-person assembly line for legislation.” Since elected, few other legislators have passed more bills than Guillen. Sign up for updates at ryanguillen.com, facebook.com/representative.guillen, and twitter.com/ryanguillen