DelBene, Bucshon Applaud HHS Decision to Lower Living Organ Donor Barrier
Today, Kidney Caucus co-chairs Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA) and Rep. Larry Bucshon, M.D. (R-IN) released the following statement regarding the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) efforts to increase organ transplants which would be a significant improvement for those waiting for a kidney.
“As co-chairs of the Congressional Kidney Caucus we welcome HHS’s announcement to lower the barrier to entry to be a living organ donor and hold Organ Procurement Organizations (OPOs) to a higher standard by establishing valid performance standards and ensuring all viable organs are delivered to patients who desperately need them. Today there are 95,000 patients waiting for a kidney transplant but only 21,000 kidney transplants were performed in 2018 – these patients are depending on all of us to get this done the right way. We look forward to working with stakeholders, the kidney community, and the Administration to bring better results to patients.”