Deciding to donate a kidney is one of the most generous actions a person can take—living donation saves the life of someone who is in kidney failure, and shortens the waitlist for more than 93,000 people nationwide who are waiting for a kidney. But protections for living donors vary by state. Where you live should not impact the ability to receive or donate a lifesaving organ. Federal living donor protection legislation would provide a nationwide baseline of living donor protections and make it possible for more people to consider living organ donation. The American Kidney Fund is advocating for federal legislation that would:
- Prohibit life, disability and long-term care insurance companies from denying or limiting coverage and from charging higher premiums for living organ donors;
- Amend the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA) to specifically include living organ donation as a serious health condition for private and civil service employees; and
- Direct the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to update its materials on living organ donation to reflect these new protections and encourage more individuals to consider donating an organ.
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I support federal living donor protection legislation to ensure a nationwide baseline of protection for living organ donors.
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