Virginia Receives ‘C’ Rank for Protections Offered to Living Organ Donors
The American Kidney Fund gave Virginia a “C” rating this year for its protections available to living organ donors, a valuable source of transplants as Virginia — like many states — struggles to match supply on demand. However, legislation awaiting Governor Glenn Youngkin’s signature could improve Virginia’s rating in the future.
According to the report, the state has currently codified two of seven legal protections for donors, including tax deductions for disbursements associated with the procedure and up to 30 days of paid vacation for state employees. But Virginia has yet to adopt other policies that transplant organizations say are important to encourage donation, including mandatory paid time off from private employers.
“Most people whose kidneys fail really want a transplant, and only about one in five people end up getting one each year,” said Holly Bode, vice president of government affairs at the American Kidney Fund. While donations from deceased people increased across the country last year, there are still nearly 2,600 Virginians on the organ waiting list, according to the organization – a life-and-death wait for many patients.
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