Jacobs trying to increase organ donor registration in non-traditional places

WBFO NEWS 88.7 | Avery Schneider
State Senator Chris Jacobs (center) discusses legislation to increase organ donor registration in New York, alongside Assembly co-sponsor Michael Kearns.
New York State ranks last in the nation for participation by residents in organ donor registries. So how do you change that when most people sign up at their local auto bureau when getting a driver’s license?

State Senator Chris Jacobs believes it’s by finding people where they sign up for other forms of identification.

Data compiled from 2014 shows New York with only 23 percent of residents participating in donor registries – leaving the state at the bottom of the national ranking.

“We really need to do a lot to get those numbers up, because we have 10,000 folks on waiting lists in just New York State alone for life-saving organ donation,” Jacobs said.

Jacobs estimates the majority of New Yorkers who do not participate in donor registration are downstate residents. Continue reading
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