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Washington, D.C. – The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation that ensures the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) can cover the cost of a live donor transplant for a veteran when the organ donor is a non-veteran. U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) authored the companion legislation (S.115) in the Senate.

The Veterans Transplant Coverage Act will cut through the bureaucratic red tape to ensure proper care is provided to every veteran, especially given that a transplant is already a difficult and time-consuming process. Congressman John Carter (R-TX) introduced the House companion legislation (H.R. 1133) that recently passed the House of Representatives.

“I applaud the U.S. House for approving common sense legislation that ensures America’s veterans have access to life-saving transplants,” said Heller. “Not one Nevada veteran should be forced to wait for another transplant if there is one readily available from a live donor, and that’s why I introduced this legislation in the U.S. Senate. I thank Congressman John Carter for working with me as we pushed this bill in the U.S. House and look forward to working with my Senate colleagues in getting this over the finish line and to the President’s desk.”

Background:

Currently, the VA can deny a transplant to a veteran if the live donor is a non-veteran. The Veterans Transplant Coverage Act would allow veterans to receive organ transplants from a non-veteran with their VA coverage.

This legislation has the support of the American Legion, AMVETS, Got Your 6, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Paralyzed Veterans of America, and Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, as well as the American Association of Kidney Patients, American Society of Transplant Surgeons, American Society of Transplantation, and National Kidney Foundation.

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