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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Proposed legislation offers incentives to living organ donors in Pa.

Donya McCoy of Elizabethtown turned to Facebook in 2014 to find a living donor for her daughter, Kennedy, who was 3 at the time and in need of someone with O-positive blood to donate 25 percent of their liver. A former high school classmate of McCoy saw the post and agreed to help.
THE PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW | Ben Schmitt

A Pennsylvania lawmaker plans to introduce legislation this week that would allow pilot programs to give non-cash rewards to people who donate a kidney or part of their liver.

The proposal from U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-Moosic, includes potential rewards for donors such as health insurance, tax credits, contributions to the donor's favorite charity and tuition reimbursement.

Federal law prohibits buying or selling organs for transplantation, but Cartwright said his proposal aims to address a dire organ shortage while saving the government money.

He estimates that eliminating the nation's bloated organ wait list could save more than $5.5 billion per year in medical costs for people with end-stage renal disease.

Cartwright said it's “a national outrage that 22 people die every day waiting for a transplant.”

“The current system is not working, and the only way to find out what would make it work is to try something new,” Cartwright told the Tribune-Review. “I have support on both sides of the aisle because people understand we need to try something different.” Continue reading
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