Colorado considers tax break for organ donors

COLORADOAN |  Brandon Rittiman
Dave Repsher (left) and Matt Martinez are advocating for a bill would create a new tax credit to help cover the cost of allowing an employee paid time off during an organ donation.(Photo: KUSA)
The bill would create a new tax credit that would cover 35 percent of the cost of allowing an employee paid time off during an organ donation up to a maximum of 10 workdays. KUSA

Imagine having to choose between paying your rent and helping to save a friend’s life.

That’s the situation that organ donation advocates hope to prevent with a new bill to give a tax break to companies that choose to give paid time off to workers who donate organs.

This wasn’t theoretical in one high-profile case: a deadly crash of a medical helicopter in 2015 in Frisco.

Pilot Pat Mahany died and the resulting fire left flight nurse Dave Repsher with burns on 90 percent of his body.

“Dave needed a kidney,” his friend and donor Matt Martinez said. “I actually contemplated it for a couple of weeks before I went and got tested and at that point in time, I knew I was gonna do it.”

Out of work for six weeks, Martinez managed to make ends meet thanks to a short-term disability benefit from his job, but he knows not everybody has that. Continue reading

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