American Kidney Fund statement on Gov. Andrew Cuomo signing Living Donor Protection Act

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ROCKVILLE, Md. (November 8, 2018) —The American Kidney Fund (AKF) is grateful to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature for passing the Living Donor Protection Act of 2018, sponsored by Sen. Kemp Hannon (6th Senate District) and Assembly Member Aileen Gunther (Assembly District 100).

The passage of this legislation sends an unequivocal message of support to living organ donors and all those who may be considering making this lifesaving gift. The law ensures that living organ donors can obtain insurance and have job protection and pay when donating an organ.

Almost 6,000 living-donor transplants were performed last year in the United States, including 548 in New York State.  Kidneys are the most common organ transplanted from living donors, followed by liver and lung. Organ donation offers hope to the more than 9,400 New Yorkers waiting for an organ transplant right now—including 7,800 who are waiting for a kidney transplant.

“It is simply good policy to make it easier for people to donate organs,” said LaVarne Burton, president and chief executive officer of the American Kidney Fund.  “We are hopeful that other state legislatures and governors will follow New York’s example by passing similar legislation.”