OMB Reviewing Proposed Rule on Removing Financial Disincentives to Living Organ Donation

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has received a proposed rule for regulatory review titled, "Removing Financial Disincentives to Living Organ Donation." The rule would amend the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) final rule to further remove financial barriers to living organ donation by expanding allowable costs that can be reimbursed. OMB states that the changes would apply to "specified incidental non-medical expenses incurred toward living organ donation."

This rule is likely being issued in response to the Trump Administration's recent Executive Order (EO) on Advancing American Kidney Health, which - among other provisions - compelled the HHS Secretary to propose a new rule that would “remove financial barriers to living organ donation” through changes to the Reimbursement of Travel and Subsistence Expenses Incurred Toward Living Organ Donation program. As described in the EO, these changes would include provisions such as reimbursing for additional costs associated with donating organs, such as lost-wages, child-care, and elder-care expenses. The rule would also increase the limit on the income of donors eligible to receive living-donor reimbursement.

Read the full proposed rule here.

Billy Wynne