Law now clarifies the legal basis for paired transplants
LI TRIO supported and advocated for the Living Kidney Organ Donation Clarification Act which I’m please to summarize here.
This law now clarifies the legal basis for paired transplants of compatible living donors and recipients.
The Charlie W. Norwood Living Organ Donation Act clarifies the law and thereby allows paired kidney donations.
This measure resulted in thousands more lives extended and saved with kidney transplants. The law also had the benefit of saving Medicare hundreds of millions of dollars thanks to this clarification that allows the pairing of two or more intended living donors with biologically compatible recipients. Paired living kidney donations allow for many more candidates that have a greater chance of receiving the Gift Of Life; a kidney transplant.
Long Island TRIO provided support and held meetings with the National Kidney Registry located here in Babylon, Long Island and the National Kidney Registry was one of the first non profit organizations to succeed in developing effective algorithms in order to efficiently match living donors (who are incompatible with their desired recipient) with another recipient who also has a living donor who was biologically incompatible with him or her.
The bill honors the memory of the late Representative Charlie Norwood of Georgia, who had received a lung transplant years ago and sponsored the original bill in the United States House Of Representatives. Representative Charlie Norwood was such a dedicated advocate for saving lives with organ donation and transplantation.
The House Of Representatives passed the bill and the Senate companion bill was S.487. The United States Congress passed H.R. 710, the Charlie W. Norwood Living Organ Donation Act and that law allows paired kidney donations.
Latest Major Action: Became Public Law No: 110-144
Original title when we first advocated for this bill: Living Kidney Organ Donation Clarification Act