Ask Congress to support the Living Donor Protection Act

Encouraging kidney donations from living donors would expand the number of transplants in our county and provide more end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients the opportunity to live a life without dialysis. Giving the gift of a kidney is the ultimate altruistic act, and those who offer their organ so another can live more fully should be rewarded and protected.

The Living Donor Protection Act of 2019 (H.R. 1224/S. 511) aims to ensure living organ donors are able to find insurance and have job protection when they take the necessary time off for the lifesaving procedure of donating an organ.

The bill would prohibit insurers from:

  • Declining or limiting coverage of a person under any life insurance policy, disability insurance policy, or long-term care insurance policy due to the status of such a person as a living organ donor;
  • Precluding a person from donating all or part of an organ as a condition of receiving a life insurance policy, disability insurance policy, or long-term care insurance policy;
  • Considering the status of a person as a living organ donor in determining the premium rate for such a person.

In August of 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued an opinion letter, which stated that organ donation is protected under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The Living Donor Protection Action would codify the DOL opinion to ensure that the time an organ donor takes off from work is protected under the FMLA. The living donor would be able to take time off from work to donate the kidney and recover from the surgery without fear of losing employment.

Finally, the bill requires the department of Health and Human Services to update their website, brochures, and other media regarding live donation and access to insurance for living donors.

Please contact your U.S. Representative and U.S. Senator to ask them to cosponsor the Living Donor Protection Act that will ensure that individuals who give the gift of life are protected from discrimination and are encouraged to help those in need.

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Please Cosponsor Living Donor Protection Act

Dear [Decision Maker],

As your constituent and as someone who has been affected personally by kidney disease, I am writing to request that you cosponsor the Living Donor Protection Act (H.R. 1224/S. 511).

This important bill would protect those individuals who made the life-saving decision to donate a kidney. Currently, those individuals who make this courageous decision can face discrimination by insurance companies who do not want to offer policies to a donor.

The Living Donor Protection Act would address these issues by prohibiting insurers from declining or limiting coverage of a life insurance, disability, or long-term care insurance policy due to the status of "living organ donor."

In August of 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued an opinion letter, which stated that organ donation is protected under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The Living Donor Protection Action would codify the DOL opinion to ensure that the time an organ donor takes off from work is protected under the FMLA. The living donor would be able to take time off from work to donate the kidney and recover from the surgery without fear of losing employment.

The bill would be another step in encouraging kidney donations from living donors, which would expand the number of transplants in our county and provide more end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients the opportunity to live a life without dialysis. Giving the gift of a kidney is the ultimate altruistic act. Those who offer their organ, so another can live more fully, should be rewarded and protected.

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