American Kidney Fund Statement on New York Senate Bill 2496-B / Assembly Bill 297-C

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ROCKVILLE, Md. (September 6, 2018) – The American Kidney Fund (AKF) is urging New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to sign the Living Donor Protection Act of 2018, sponsored by Sen. Kemp Hannon (6th Senate District) and Aileen Gunther (Assembly District 100).

If passed this bill would not only protect organ donors but would also encourage living organ donation in New York. The bill ensures that living organ donors can obtain insurance and have job protection through the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) when donating an organ.  

While most transplanted organs are from deceased donors, patients may also receive organs from living donors. Living donation offers an alternative for individuals awaiting transplantation from a deceased donor and increases the existing organ supply. 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. 

Nationwide, more than 114,000 Americans are on the waiting list for organ transplants, including nearly 97,000 who are waiting for a kidney.

“This bill sends an unequivocal message of support to living organ donors and all those who may be considering making this lifesaving gift,” said LaVarne A. Burton, president and chief executive officer of the American Kidney Fund. “Removing barriers and encouraging living donation is simply good public policy. We commend the New York State Legislature for leading on this issue and hope that other state lawmakers will follow this example.”

We strongly urge Governor Cuomo to sign this bill.