HARRISBURG – Legislation sponsored by Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) that would protect living organ donors in Pennsylvania was unanimously approved by the Senate on Tuesday. House Bill 203
now goes to the governor’s desk for his signature.
“My legislation is all about patient protection. We want to ensure people who make the life-saving choice to become organ donors do not face economic roadblocks because of their decision. We believe the bill will also encourage more Pennsylvanians to donate organs and more lives will be saved as a result,” said Toohil. “I am extremely grateful for the unanimous support we received in both chambers. It has taken several years, but the finish line is now in sight.”
House Bill 203, or the Living Donor Protection Act, would prohibit a life or health insurance company from discriminating against an organ or tissue donor. It would also ensure family and medical leave is provided for an eligible employee for the preparation and recovery necessary for donation surgery. In addition, the proposal would require the Department of Health to develop informational materials relating to living donors and the benefits of live organ and tissue donation.
“Supporting living donors by passing this critical legislation not only saves lives, but reduces barriers to kidney transplantation,” said Dr. Paul Palevsky, National Kidney Foundation (NKF) president. “NKF celebrates this long-awaited victory and applauds the continued efforts of State Rep. Toohil and the Pennsylvania Legislature for making it a reality for kidney patients in our state.”
Toohil donated a kidney to her late mother in 2003 and has been a strong advocate for organ donation during her House tenure.
Representative Tarah Toohil
116th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Contact: Rep. Toohil’s Office