BILL NUMBER: ACR 116	INTRODUCED
	BILL TEXT


INTRODUCED BY   Assembly Member McCarty

                        JANUARY 12, 2016

   Relative to National Kidney Month.


	LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


   ACR 116, as introduced, McCarty. National Kidney Month.
   This measure would proclaim the month of March 2016, and each year
thereafter, as National Kidney Month, would express the Legislature'
s support of programs that work to, among other things, increase
awareness of kidney disease, and would encourage health care
providers to engage in an aggressive program for the treatment of
diabetes and high blood pressure.
   Fiscal committee: no.



   WHEREAS, The Month of March is National Kidney Month, and March
10, 2016, is World Kidney Day; and
   WHEREAS, Approximately 50 years ago, kidney failure was a death
sentence; and
   WHEREAS, In 1972, the United States Congress developed the
Medicare End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) program. In doing so,
Congress ensured that regardless of age or income, any American would
have access to life-saving dialysis care; and
   WHEREAS, One in 10 adults in the United States are living with
kidney disease; the leading causes are diabetes, high blood pressure,
and a family history of chronic kidney disease (CKD); and
   WHEREAS, Kidney disease is the ninth leading cause of death in the
United States. Once diagnosed, an individual with kidney failure
must either get a kidney transplant or receive dialysis treatment at
least three times per week, for three to four hours per treatment, to
live; and
   WHEREAS, CKD is a progressive disease that may lead to premature
death or kidney failure; and
   WHEREAS, More than 26 million Americans have CKD, but most are
unaware that they have it, and another 73 million are at risk. Many
of them only discover that they have kidney failure, also known as
end-stage renal disease (ESRD), when they "crash" in a hospital
emergency room after fainting or suffering from extreme dizziness;
and
   WHEREAS, Nearly 616,000 Americans have ESRD, and more than 430,000
rely on life-sustaining dialysis; and
   WHEREAS, The only treatment options for kidney failure are a
kidney transplant or dialysis; and
   WHEREAS, More than 95,000 individuals are waiting for kidney
transplants; and
   WHEREAS, Since 2000, the number of patients who have been
diagnosed with kidney failure has increased by 57 percent; and
   WHEREAS, According to statistics from the federal Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention, one in three people with diabetes has
kidney disease; one in five adults with high blood pressure has
chronic kidney disease; African Americans are about three and a half
times more likely to develop kidney failure than Caucasians; Latinos
are one and a half times more likely to develop kidney failure than
non-Latinos; and Asian and Pacific Islander Americans are twice as
likely to develop kidney failure as Caucasians; now, therefore, be it

   Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate
thereof concurring, That the Legislature proclaims the month of March
2016, and each year thereafter, as National Kidney Month in
California; and be it further
   Resolved, That the Legislature supports programs to increase
awareness of kidney disease, work to educate Californians about
healthy eating and drinking habits, and encourage individuals to seek
early screening and treatment of diabetes and high blood pressure;
and be it further
   Resolved, That the Legislature encourages health care providers,
as they detect and treat diabetes and high blood pressure, to engage
in an aggressive program with their patients that includes a
treatment regimen that meets and exceeds minimum treatment
guidelines; and be it further
   Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies of
the resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.