Living Donor Protection Act

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Living Donor Protection Act

This important legislation would have a significant positive impact at the local and national levels, allowing more individuals to serve as living organ donors without the fear of job loss or discrimination.

The Living Donor Protection Act seeks to protect living organ donors and promote organ donation in three ways:

  1. Prohibits life, disability, and long term care insurance companies from denying or limiting coverage and from charging higher premiums for living organ donors;
  2. Clarifies that living organ donors may use FMLA time to recover from the surgeries and procedures involved in their donation; and
  3. Directs HHS to update their materials on live organ donation to reflect these new protections and encourage more individuals to consider donating an organ.

The bipartisan & bicameral legislation was introduced recently by Senators Mark Kirk (R-IL) & Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Congressmen Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) & Michael Burgess, MD (R-TX).

The Alliance supports and has co-sponsored this act. – See letter of support here.

Image taken from http://exploretransplant.org/proposed-law-protect-living-donors/

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