10 bipartisan members of the U.S. Senate wrote to HRSA Administrator Mary Wakefield criticizing the inequities in the current system of distributing organs for transplant. “As a result, many more people die while on the waitlist … in certain areas of the country than in others.” The Senators applaud the models explored by the UNOS Committee thus far as reducing wait times, costs and deaths, and suggest additional models may also be considered that achieve the same goals.
74 bipartisan members of the U.S. House of Representatives wrote a letter to HRSA Administrator Mary Wakefield calling for reforms to the current policy governing organ distribution and expressing support for the direction of the UNOS Committee. “[T]he simple fact that alternative models wills save numerous lives across the country should be decisive …”
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, writing before the release of the UNOS concept paper, describes the severe inequities for patients in New York State and supports the development of reforms to correct these geographic disparities in organ distribution.