By Chiru Murage
A new bipartisan bill titled the Living Donor Protection Act was proposed last Wednesday to Congress that would further protect the rights of living organ donors. The bill would protect living organ donors from higher premiums and limited coverage from insurance companies. Reps Michael Burgess, Republican representative from Texas, and Jerrold Nadler, Democrat representative from Brooklyn, state in their bill “living organ donors may unfortunately face discrimination when they try to take medical leave or buy insurance. [This] bill would address that injustice.” The current legislature in place doesn’t guarantee that a living donor who takes unpaid leave from work will still have a job after recovery. This new bill aims to address this issue and seeks that living organ donors will be able to use FMLA time for organ donation surgery and recovery.
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