Tuesdays with … May 26, 2016
Here’s your Tuesdays with…. update for those in need of a kidney transplant and their advocates. You could use the following information and email to family members, friends and post on your Facebook page and other social media outlets. You could also include additional information about your health, progress and other activities. If this is your first Tuesdays with… update, click here to learn how to use Tuesdays with… to expand on your Kidney Kampaign.
The Living Donor Protection Act of 2016
Your help is needed. Please support this Act by writing your Senator and Congressman.
The Living Donor Protection Act will support and promote living organ donors with the following;
- This bill prohibits discrimination based on an individual's status as a living organ donor in the offering, issuance, cancellation, coverage, price, or any other condition of a life insurance policy, disability insurance policy, or long-term care insurance policy.
- The bill amends the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 to specifically include living organ donation as a serious health condition that entitles a covered employee to leave under that Act.
- The Department of Health and Human Services must update public service announcements, websites, and other media regarding live organ donation to educate the public on the benefits of live organ donation and access to insurance for living organ donors.
To find your Senator and Representative click here.
The Living Donor Protection Act (H.R. 4616) was introduced in the House of Representatives on February 25, 2016, by Representative Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) along with Representative Michael Burgess, MD (R-TX). An identical bill (S. 2584) was introduced in the Senate by Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).
The following is a short template of a letter that you could use. Feel free to personalize the letter. It is important to mail this letter to your representatives.
Please support H.R. 4616, the Living Donor Protection Act.
I am one of your constituents, (I have kidney disease.... or I am a kidney donor... or I have a family member with kidney disease... or I am on kidney dialysis. I live in City, State)
Passing this Act will allow more living organ donors and living organ donors save lives.
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Until next week, we wish you the best in your journey.