State Senator Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) on October 6 recognized the first annual Organ Donor Enrollment Day organized by LiveOnNY and unveiled a bill to expand public medical assistance for kidney transplants to include undocumented New Yorkers. The bill, S.6056A, was introduced in the State Senate. Currently, some undocumented New Yorkers receive biweekly emergency dialysis treatment at medical facilities across the state, as is mandated for hospitals that receive Medicare funding. However, undocumented New Yorkers with endstage renal disease are not eligible for public coverage for kidney transplants.
At the present time, only Illinois extends this care to undocumented immigrants. “It is time for New York State to become a national leader on this issue,” said Senator Peralta. “Morally, this is the right thing to do, and financially this is the right thing to do,” he added. “After the first year following a kidney transplant, its annual cost is only a third of the cost of regular dialysis treatment.”
The bill would require that an undocumented New Yorker undergo two years of emergency dialysis treatment in New York in order to qualify for the kidney transplant. Continue reading