Every day, we lose 13 kidney disease community members waiting for a kidney transplant. In 2020, 300 new cases of kidney failure were diagnosed in Rhode Island. Only 14 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 representative and ask them to support the Unfair Discrimination Against Organ Donors Act, H 5489.
Passing this bill is one of AKF's top priorities. This bill will prevent Rhode Island'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 legislator and ask them to support H 5489 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 Rhode Island. We want to make sure everyone in our community is aware of this opportunity.
Senior Director of State Policy and Advocacy