FY 2020 LHHS Appropriations Bill to Include Anti-Reform Language

The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Humans Services, Education and Related Agencies has postponed the mark-up of the FY 2020 Appropriations bill that includes anti-reform language against the new OPTN liver allocation policy. Members who opposed the policy have fought to include language that would require HRSA to submit a report on the effects of the acuity model, while expressing disappointment in OPTN’s commitment to implement the model as intended.

The effects of the acuity model have been studied and it has been determined that the policy makes liver sharing fairer for all, would reduce sick time, and reduce overall costs associated with transplants. Previously, patients who resided in certain disadvantaged localities had to wait much longer and become much sicker before receiving a transplant. The new liver allocation policy corrects this inequality and needs to be implemented to save more lives

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Billy Wynne