Huge breaking news in the Chronic Kidney Disease community. The Living Donor Protection Act (H.R. 5263) is legislation KidneyBuzz.com believes will increase Living Kidney Donation and therefore encourages you to sign the below petition to show your support.
This bill makes sense in some very important ways and is sponsored by Representatives from both parties: Democrat Rep. Jerrold Nadler of New York as well as Texas Republican Rep. Michael Burgess. Firstly, it allows Living Kidney Donors to take time off to recover after their Kidney Transplant surgery. The National Kidney Foundation notes, "the bill clarifies that living organ donors may use time granted through the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to recover from transplant surgery."
This is critical, because the fact that a donor cannot take time off of work is a huge factor that many consider when deciding AGAINST Living Kidney Donation. Well, now many can receive the time they need to recuperate after surgery without fear of losing their job. The United States Office Of Personnel Management states that upon return from FMLA leave, an employee must be returned to the same position or to an "equivalent position with equivalent benefits, pay, status, and other terms and conditions of employment." Moreover, an employee who takes FMLA leave is entitled to maintain their health benefits coverage.
Another major bonus of this Act is that Living Organ (Kidney) Donors will be protected from insurance discrimination by making it "unlawful" for Insurance Companies to decline, terminate, or limit the coverage of those who decide to donate their Kidney. What's more, Living Kidney Donors cannot be charged higher premiums for their life, disability, or long-term care insurance policies.
Friends, both (1) limited time off and (2) Insurance Discrimination are huge obstacles that are currently preventing those who are otherwise interested from becoming Living Kidney Donors. This single piece of legislation changes that. Although it is slowly gaining support, the Chronic Kidney Disease community cannot afford to sit on the sidelines and wait, right? KidneyBuzz.com invites you into the arena: Sign and share the below petition to let Congress know that we stand in support of promptly passing the Living Donor Protection Act (H.R. 5263) into law! Also, this will encourage Rep. Nadler and Rep. Burgess in their fight to get this bill passed through Congress and on the President's desk as soon as possible.
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