AKF worked closely with HB 203 sponsor Rep.
"With the passage of this bill,
This bill is the second living donor protection legislation signed into law in
Most transplanted organs are from deceased donors, but patients may also receive organs from living donors. Kidneys received from living donors last, on average, 15-20 years--almost twice as long as kidneys from deceased donors. Living donation offers an alternative for individuals awaiting transplantation from a deceased donor and increases the existing organ supply. Kidneys are the most commonly transplanted organ from living donors, followed by livers.
Prohibiting insurers from discriminating against living donors is sound public policy backed up by research, which has shown that people who donate a kidney live just as long as similarly healthy people who have both kidneys. In fact, a person may only donate a kidney if they are in excellent health.
There are more than 117,000 Americans on the organ transplant waiting list and nearly 100,000 of them are waiting for a kidney. In
AKF provides long-term financial assistance that makes transplants and post-transplant care possible for low-income dialysis patients. In 2020, AKF's assistance made 1,615 transplants possible--7% of all kidney transplants performed in the