House Labor-HHS Appropriations Bill Supports New OPTN Liver Allocation Policy

NCTE would like to thank Chairwoman Nita Lowey and the House Appropriations Committee for including language in the Labor-HHS Appropriations bill that supports the new OPTN liver allocation policy. The new policy ensures that livers go to the most medically needy patients regardless of where they live and will reduce waitlist mortality.

“Liver Transplantation Policy.—The Committee supports the new liver allocation policy that was recently passed by the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) Board of Directors. The policy, called the ‘‘Acuity Model’’, reduces inequities by ensuring that transplants are prioritized by the medical need of patients wherever they may live (rural or urban), whatever their socioeconomic status, and regardless of the organ procurement infrastructure in their area.”

Billy Wynne