The American Association of Kidney Patients presented Powers Principal Peggy Tighe with a Congressional Advocacy Award, recognizing her advocacy work on behalf of the kidney patient organization.

AAKP presented the award during its annual National Patient Meeting where the organization honored policy-makers and association representatives who have made a transformative impact on kidney policy and care throughout their careers.

AAKP is the largest and oldest independent kidney patient organization in America. The organization conducts national education programs designed to better inform kidney patients, care-givers and policy-makers about the impacts of kidney disease, prevention efforts and treatment methods. AAKP works closely with the American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS), a client of the firm.

AAKP has collaborated with ASTS on a variety of patient-centric issues such as support for living donation, expansion of coverage for immunosuppressant drug coverage under Medicare, and opposition to legislation that would limit patient choice and discourage transplantation through financial incentives to for-profit dialysis providers.

Peggy received her award after her presentation to AAKP’s annual conference, speaking about the organization’s advocacy efforts during the “Under the U.S. Capitol Dome” breakout session. She focused on support for the Living Donor Protection Act (H.R. 1270), opposition to the PATIENTS act (H.R. 4143/S. 2065), the new VA MISSION law, and regulatory issues impacting dialysis and transplant.

Peggy Tighe

Peggy works closely with both the Healthcare and the Government Relations and Public Policy teams at Powers. She teams with health systems, patient groups, and provider organizations to develop persuasive policy arguments and strategies to influence Congress and relevant agencies, creating change to protect and support providers and the patients they serve.

She focuses her practice on lobbying, coalition building, crafting and implementing grass roots campaigns, and coordinating media relations. She has experience strategizing and implementing federal grassroots activities, including grasstops (high-level grassroots), coalition building, letter writing, and database building.

For more information about healthcare policy and advocacy, contact Peggy Tighe at 202-872-6752 or Peggy.Tighe@PowersLaw.com.