Ask your Maryland state lawmakers to vote YES on HB1284/SB705 to support organ donors!

Maryland’s HB1284/SB705 aims to prevent insurance companies from discriminating against living organ donors by charging higher premiums or refusing to insure them altogether. The bill also provides job protected leave to people who chose to make this lifesaving gift.

Support organ donors

While most transplanted organs are from deceased donors, patients may also receive organs from living donors. Living donation offers an alternative for individuals awaiting transplantation from a deceased donor and increases the existing organ supply. Last year, out of 22,000 kidney transplants nationwide, 6,400 kidneys were from living donors. Kidneys are the most common organ transplanted from living donors, followed by liver and lung. Both living and deceased donation offer hope to the 3,400 people in Maryland and 114,000 people nationwide waiting for an organ transplant right now. The vast majority—2,500 in Maryland and nearly 97,000 across the country—are waiting for a kidney transplant.

Providing incentives and removing financial burdens for living donors can lead to an increase in organ donations.

Please contact your state lawmakers and ask them to support this important legislation.

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Ask your state lawmakers to vote YES on HB1284/SB705 to support organ donors!

Dear [Decision Maker],

As your constituent and as someone who has been affected personally by kidney disease, I am writing to request that you support Maryland HB1284/SB705.

This important bill would prevent insurance companies from discriminating against living organ donors by charging higher premiums or refusing to insure them altogether. This could lead to an increase in organ donations!

While most transplanted organs are from deceased donors, patients may also receive organs from living donors. Living donation offers an alternative for individuals awaiting transplantation from a deceased donor and increases the existing organ supply. Last year, out of 22,000 kidney transplants nationwide, 6,400 kidneys were from living donors. Kidneys are the most common organ transplanted from living donors, followed by liver and lung. Both living and deceased donation offer hope to the 3,400 people in Maryland and 114,000 people nationwide waiting for an organ transplant right now. The vast majority--2,500 in Maryland and nearly 97,000 across the country--are waiting for a kidney transplant.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]