HOPE Act Signed Into Law

2024-03-29T02:08:07+00:00December 1st, 2013|Categories: Access to Transplant, Article|Tags: |

After tireless efforts by DPC and others in the kidney community, President Obama signed the HIV Organ Policy Equity (HOPE) Act into law on November 21, 2013. The HOPE Act was introduced with strong bipartisan support in the House of Representatives by Rep. Lois Capps and Rep. Andy Harris and in the Senate by Sen. Barbara Boxer and Sen. Tom Coburn.  The HOPE Act legalizes the research of transplanting HIV positive organs into HIV positive recipients.  If this research proves this practice to be effective, the organ supply in the United States could increase by 500 organs per year.  Many of these organs [...]

HOPE Act Moves to White House to be Signed into Law

2024-03-29T02:08:08+00:00November 13th, 2013|Categories: Access to Transplant, Article|Tags: |

The U.S. Congress took an important step Tuesday evening with House passage of the HIV Organ Policy Equity (HOPE) Act, which will allow research on donation of organs from deceased HIV-infected donors to HIV-infected recipients. Having been passed by the Senate in June, the bill is now positioned to move to the White House to be signed into law. The HOPE Act modernizes outdated federal law to reflect the current medical understanding of HIV infection and to allow for scientific research. For patients living with HIV, deceased donors with the same infection represent a unique source of organs. Passage of [...]

Congressional Corner: Two Transplant Bills Introduced in Congress

2024-03-29T02:08:59+00:00March 22nd, 2013|Categories: Access to Transplant, Immunosuppressive Drug Coverage, Improve Access to Care|Tags: |

By Carrie L., Director of Congressional and State Relations Recently, two bills relating to kidney and organ transplants have been introduced in Congress. Senator Richard Durbin of Illinois and Senator Thad Cochran of Mississippi introduced the Comprehensive Immunosuppressive Drug Coverage for Kidney Transplant Patients Act of 2013 (S. 323) in the Senate, and Congressman Michael Burgess and Congressman Ron Kind introduced a companion bill (H.R. 1325) in the House. If passed, these bills will extend Medicare immunosuppressive drug coverage for kidney transplant patients under 65 years old for the life of the graft. Under current law, Medicare beneficiaries who are [...]

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