If you are a kidney transplant recipient and worried about how you will continue to take your immunosuppressive medications because your Medicare coverage has expired or is about to expire, and you’re unable to obtain other health insurance (for example: through your employer, a family member’s employer, the Affordable Care Act’s Marketplace, or Medicaid, we want to hear from you.

Our public policy team is working hard to find out more information about kidney transplant recipients who meet the above criteria.

If you think you fall in this category, please complete this survey by MONDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2014.

If you have any questions, please email nkfadvocacy@kidney.org.


Spread Cheer With Charity! 




 NKFL is pleased to announce its participation in two great ways to spread cheer, hope, and encourage the spirit of giving this holiday season and we’d like you to join in on the merriment!

The annual “Trees of Hope” program has begun once again at Treasure Chest Casino in Kenner, La. This community program is a simple, easy, and great way to support your favorite, local non-profit by simply voting for our tree! By doing so this December, you can help us to claim our share of over $11,000 in charitable funds that will allow us to bring awareness, treatment, and prevention to those who have been or are affected by kidney disease right here in our community. Participation only requires that you be 21 years or older, be a member of the casino’s B-Connected Club, and visit Treasure Chest and vote for our tree! In addition, you can even get more information onsite about honoring your own “Kidney Hero” to highlight their courage and hope for a cure. If you’re not a B-Connected member- don’t worry! You can join now and have the chance to win $2500 Slot Dollars!  You don’t want to miss the amazing opportunity to give back!

Aaron’s Rental, Inc.  has also partnered with the Foundation to make the holidays bright ; they are an official sponsor and drop- off location for the Kids With Kidney Disease Holiday Toy Drive! Please consider dropping off an unwrapped item for a child ages 2-17  to any of your local New Orleans metro area or Slidell locations. Great gift ideas include: board games, dolls, action figures, sports items, and art supplies. Proceeds from the toy drive will benefit pediatric patients at, pre/post transplant patients, and children on dialysis or suffering from chronic kidney disease.


Give Thanks and Goodshop

                                                    Get a head start on all the holiday’s best deals — and every time you shop Goodshop will donate to our cause!

Be sure to get incredible savings on holiday items as early as this week! Check out Goodshop.com on 11/30. It’s #GoodshopSunday and they’re packing the site with exclusive coupons and double donations at select stores, which means more great holiday harvests for you and tons of additional resources for us!  Don’t forget to share this with your friends and family- together we can make a difference! You can take the pledge to buy a gift that gives back this year! Take the pledge.

 In addition, you can still shop AmazonSmile this season for all of your holiday gifting! Please remember that Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases right back to the Foundation. This means the same great deals, same great products, and even better giving for you and your family this holiday season. Make the choice to support your favorite local non-profit, by selecting us as your charity of choice each time you purchase items.

 Don’t miss out on any of these opportunities to give the gift that gives back for the holidays. Join us in support of vital programs and services that benefit the community and the people you love!



“Family keeps faith in difficult time”



Check out our president -elect, Shaminder Gupta’s response to an article featured in the Times Picayune on home dialysis.  

I enjoyed the article and I would like to comment on other dialysis options that are available to young dialysis patients like Darin Tassin.

I am the president-elect of the National Kidney Foundation of Louisiana and am passionate about the use of home-based dialysis options.  In the United States, there are currently 600,000 patients on dialysis yet only 10 percent utilize home-based dialysis.  If you ask health care providers what type of dialysis they would choose for themselves or a loved one, 90 percent would choose a home-based therapy.

 There is a general lack of education about dialysis options for patients and there is a general fear among patients about home dialysis.  These two issues need to be reconciled to help provide the best care for patients like Mr. Tassin.

 Home-dialysis options include peritoneal dialysis and home hemodialysis.  There are new centers in the area that focus only on these treatments and actually come to the patient’s home to train the patient and spouse or caregiver. 

 Shaminder Gupta, MD



For more information about dialysis modality options, please contact the National Kidney Foundation of Louisiana, 504-861-4500 or visit the website:   www.kidneyla.org

 Watch these videos for local patients and their experiences with home dialysis:  http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTxuI_gNQfLk1QsTU0UTBdQ.




Give a Little More With #GiveHOPELA

The National Kidney Foundation of Louisiana is dedicated to improving the health and well being of individuals suffering from kidney disease. With your help we have been able to raise much needed funds and receive support which goes directly towards  fulfilling our mission each year.

Join us in a new campaign brought to you by the Louisiana SCCC designed to give state employees the chance to contribute to qualified health and human service non profits with the option of payroll deduction.

A $10 contribution can provide a screening and consultation with a medical professional, giving them a clinical action plan to stop the progression of kidney disease and prevent dialysis, thereby improving quality of life.

Learn more by visiting  http://www.lasccc.org/.



 Walking- A Natural Way To Prevent Chronic Kidney Disease

In recent surveys conducted by Statistics Canada, it was found that approximately 30% of the population reported walking regularly (four or more times per week) and that 70% walked at least once in the past three months. Naturally, walking is a simple activity for enhancing health and well-being.  In fact, in a recent study by the Pennington Biomedical Research Center on the relationship between steps/day and metabolic health, it was found that approximately 56% of people in the lowest category of steps/day had metabolic syndrome (defined by having the presence of three or more cardiovascular disease risk factors) compared to only 13% of people in the highest steps/day group.

Furthermore, the odds of having metabolic syndrome was 10% lower for every additional 1000 steps/day people took.  So, even though moderate and vigorous levels of physical activity is important to one’s health, the total amount of physical activity as measured by steps/day is also a significant factor.

Action Tip: 
If you have a pedometer, track your daily steps over the next three days to determine your baseline average steps per day, and then see if you can increase that number by 1000 steps/day.  If you don’t have a pedometer, create a personal route that you routinely walk on your activity tracker and count the steps total.  At the end of three days, extend your route by an extra 1,000 steps!Source: Taking Steps to Improve Health by Walking Peter T. Katzmarzyk, PhD, Associate Executive Director for Population Science and Louisiana Public Facilities Authority Endowed Chair in Nutrition, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Baton Rouge, LA. Research UPDATE published by the Alberta Centre for Active Living March 2011.








We had a great time at Camp Shining Stars!   Check out our Video to see how much fun we had!

Your secure donation from our “Make a Gift” tab or submission by mail is still being accepted throughout the year as we plan for our 2015 Camp.



Monday, April 13, 2015- 18th Annual Alexandria Golf Invitational benefiting the National Kidney Foundation @ OakWing Golf Club

Enjoy a great day of golf with your friends. Your support raises money for the Foundation’s programs and services. In addition, you can compete for the opportunity to play at Pinehurst, home of the 2014 U.S. Open and the U.S. Women’s Open. Please contact  David Warner to register.




The Louisiana Healthcare Education Coalition (LHEC) was founded to help Louisianians better understand the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).  As a civic organization committed to providing unbiased healthcare and wellness information, LHEC will educate on the major drivers of healthcare costs, the critical importance of personal wellness and the need for access to quality healthcare by working with healthcare providers, small businesses, faith-based institutions, employers, community leaders, patient advocacy groups and the public.  LHEC exists solely as an educational resource.  It neither endorses nor seeks to create public policy. You may visit their website www.lhec.net

Say Yes! To Organ Donation

Become a donor by signing up on the Donate Life Louisiana website. When you say Yes! on your driver’s license, you are then registered as an organ, eye, and tissue donor.