Kidney transplant is considered the best treatment option for many people facing kidney failure because it can increase your chances of living a longer, healthier life and in many cases returning to employment. However, the number of people on the organ transplant waiting list is great—nearly 114,000 Americans are on the list, with 83 percent of those in need of a kidney. Research has shown that patients who get a kidney from a living donor live longer than patients who get a kidney from a deceased donor. On average, living kidney donor transplants last 15-20 years, and deceased kidney donor transplants last 10-15 years.
AKF supports federal legislation that would encourage organ donation and protect living organ donors, such as the Living Donor Protection Act. The legislation would ensure living organ donors are not denied or given limited coverage or higher premiums for life, disability, and long-term care insurance. It would also clarify that living organ donors may use Family and Medical Leave time to recover from donation surgery and maintain job security. On the state level, AKF supports legislation that provides tax breaks to living donors, as well as state legislation that mirrors the federal Living Donor Protection Act.