Advocacy and Public Policy

Advocating for Transplant Legislation

On July 30, 2014, longtime friends of the kidney community Rep. Michael C. Burgess, MD (R-TX) and Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) introduced the Living Organ Donor Protection Act (H.R. 5263). This bipartisan legislation would make it easier for Americans to donate kidneys and other organs by extending the Family and Medical Leave Act coverage to living donors, ensuring they obtain time off work to donate an organ and recover, while still keeping their jobs. The bill would also protect the thousands of Americans who give the gift of life by prohibiting insurance companies from denying coverage, raising premiums, or limiting coverage because of their organ donation.