Under the current system, there are significant geographic disparities in wait times to receive a life-saving organ transplant. Consequently, people living in some parts of the country wait far longer and are sicker when they receive an organ than those in other parts of the country. Consequently, hundreds of Americans needlessly die every year while waiting for organs. Patients from across the country have spoken out against the inequities in the current system.
Unfortunately, an organized group of opponents — who universally benefit from the inequality in the current system — have taken every possibly opportunity to block these needed reforms, including flooding the public comment periods with letters of resistance. To ensure that the science behind these proposals is not overcome by the politics, it is vital that we encourage as many individuals as possible to voice their support for these proposals.
Please see below for a sample comment and as well as simple instructions on how to submit comments. We hope you can be helpful in circulating these materials to as many people as possible to provide feedback on the proposals. Without our support, there is a significant possibility that these reforms may never be implemented — and patients waiting on the list will continue to suffer.
Additionally, CODE will be highlighting the urgency of the need to reduce disparity on social media. Be sure to follow CODE on twitter @CODE_coalition, and join in the conversation using #MakeTransplantsFair.