Laws to protect living donors in the US are essential for maximizing organ donation and therefore minimizing the transplant waitlist. Congress introduced a bill in February of 2021 that would prohibit all life, disability, and long-term care insurance providers from discriminating against individuals solely based on living donor status. The same bill would also include organ donation under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
The bill is still pending, but as of right now there are 19 states who have enacted living donor protection laws and 3 states who have proposed/pending living donor protection laws. For information on laws pertaining to living donation in your state, check out our newly updated Living Donor Laws information sheet here.