Living Organ Donors Are Protected from Workplace, Insurance Retaliation Under New Law

Updated: Aug 16, 2019

HUGE NEWS!! On Thursday, August 1, Gov. JB Pritzker signed the Living Donor Protections Act (H.B. 2847) into law! This law outlines key protections for living donors, making sure that employers cannot retaliate against an employee for requesting or obtaining a leave of absence to donate blood, an organ, or bone marrow. This bill will also protect living organ donors and remove barriers to donation by prohibiting insurance companies from denying or limiting life, disability and long term care insurance to living donors, and from charging higher premiums.

We are thrilled that this bill is now law and we are so grateful to Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network, American Kidney Fund , State Senator Julie Morrison , State Rep Deb Conroy and every single member of our Kidney Advocacy Council for seeing this through! Special shout out to Evan Simms, kidney recipient, for bravely testifying on behalf of kidney recipients across the state.

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