Every day, we lose 13 kidney disease community members waiting for a kidney transplant. In 2020, 3,955 new cases of kidney failure were diagnosed in Michigan. Only 124 of these people received transplants.
We can change this by encouraging more people to become living organ donors and by supporting living donors. This includes protecting them from insurance discrimination.
Email your senator and ask them to support SB 384 and become co-sponsors. Michigan is currently an F on our Living Donor Protection Scorecard. This bill will improve the state's grade immediately.
Passing this bill is one of AKF's top priorities. This bill will prevent Michigan's life, disability, and long-term care insurers from discriminating against living kidney donors. It will prohibit them from declining coverage or charging higher premiums based on someone's status as a living organ donor.
This bill also removes obstacles that will encourage more living kidney donations to meet our community's overwhelming need.
Click here to email your senator and ask them to support SB 384 and living donor protections by becoming a co-sponsor.
I will keep you updated on our progress.
In addition, please forward this to other kidney disease advocates in Michigan. We want to make sure everyone in our community is aware of this opportunity.
Senior Director of State Policy and Advocacy