Politico: House Members Aim to Boost HHS' Liver Transplant Policy
A bipartisan group of 81 lawmakers, largely from coastal states like New York and California, wrote to HHS Secretary Alex Azar defending the new allocation policy and said it should be implemented without delay. The policy "will save many more lives, reduce the average sickness of patients at the time of transplant nationwide and, correspondingly, reduce costs to the transplant system," they wrote.
The policy, set to take effect May 1, has created a sharp divide geographic divide, with rural states arguing they'll be at a disadvantage. In January, Senate Finance Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and 21 senators also questioned the policy. HHS has yet to provide a response, a Grassley spokesperson said.