New York – New York has new legislation that allows people to be reimbursed for the cost of kidney and liver donations, the first state program of its kind in the country.
That’s thanks to Governor Cathy Hochul signing legislation Thursday (S.1594/A.146A) enacting the New York State Living Donor Support Act.
Governor Hochul said, “There is no greater gift a New Yorker can give than the gift of saving a life.” “Living organ donors are the true heroes, and with this legislation, we are taking an important step to support their sacrifice and save lives.”
The purpose of this legislation is to help remove barriers to organ donation to move New York out of its low level in organ donation among the states. There are currently 8,569 people on the waiting list for transplant, of which 7,234 are waiting for a kidney.
how the law works
The “New York State Living Donor Support Law” provides state reimbursement to living organ donors, who are residents of the state, for medical and related expenses resulting from organ donation when the donated organ is harvested at another resident. state; Patients with severe kidney disease need to be provided with information regarding transplantation.
“I want to thank Governor Hochul for signing my bill into law the New York State Living Donor Support Act. By removing financial barriers and educating New Yorkers about living organ donation, this important effort will help New Organ Donor will help reduce registration rates. New York, where we rank last in the nation. Along with increased support for those motivated to become an organ donor, I am confident that this new legislation will help New Yorkers give the gift of life and would help achieve that,” said state senator Gustavo Rivera.
Ana Garcia had a very interesting conversation with Montefiore Einstein patient mentor Veronica Mora about living organ donation.