LANDMARK LEGISLATION TO PROTECT LIVING ORGAN DONORS
Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt recently signed a landmark bill into legislation to protect living organ donors.
SB704, co-sponsored by State Senator James Smalley and State Representative Terry O’Donnell, ensures that life insurers will not discriminate against living organ donors through policy conditions, acceptance or pricing based on any person’s status as a living donor.
LifeShare of Oklahoma was a proud supporter of this bill, partnering with the Oklahoma Hospital Association and the National Kidney Foundation to see it passed.
“Expanding living donation by removing barriers will help more people obtain a lifesaving transplant,” said Jeffrey Orlowski, President and CEO of LifeShare of Oklahoma. “Though LifeShare focuses on deceased donation, we advocate for living donation as it supports our core purpose of saving lives.”
More than 700 Oklahomans are currently waiting on a lifesaving transplant, and 518 of those people are waiting on a kidney. This legislation will go in effect November 1, 2019.
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