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April 23, 2019– Today, opponents to equitable allocation of organs for transplant filed a lawsuit to block implementation of a new policy that will save hundreds of lives. Adopted in December 2018 and slated for implementation on April 30, 2019, the new policy will improve equity across the liver transplant population by ensuring patients have fair access to donated organs. The National Coalition for Transplant Equity (NCTE) strongly supports this new policy and seeks to ensure its full and expeditious implementation.

Stakeholders Oppose OPTN/UNOS Policy that Maintains Vast Disparities in Access to Lifesaving Transplants

December 5, 2017 – The OPTN/UNOS Board of Directors has approved a proposal on liver distribution reform that fails to address the systematic inequity in the current system for organ distribution to patients on the waiting list. The proposal would not produce meaningful reduction in geographic disparity in access to transplants and did not undergo public comment.


November 9, 2017 – The OPTN/UNOS Liver and Intestinal Organ Transplantation Committee recently voted to advance a proposal on liver distribution reform that deviates from a proposed set of policies released for public comment earlier this year. CODE has serious concerns about the revised proposal because it would not produce meaningful reduction in geographic disparity in access to transplants and did not undergo public comment. The OPTN/UNOS Board of Directors will consider the revised version at its meeting on December 4-5 in Atlanta


May 8, 2017 – At yesterday’s public meeting of the HHS-designated Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) Liver and Intestine Committee, board members and key stakeholders considered a variety of reforms that would reduce severe geographic disparities in organ distribution.  


November 22, 2016 – As announced at today’s meeting of the HHS Advisory Committee on Organ Transplantation, the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN)/United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) will fail to meet a self-imposed deadline (June 1, 2017) to adopt reforms to the liver distribution system that would reduce waiting times and save lives.


April 8, 2016 – A forthcoming White House Summit on organ donations and transplants offers an important opportunity to discuss initiatives to increase organ transplant donation, and how pending reforms to organ distribution can save lives by reducing disparities in wait times. 


May 20, 2015 – Current geographic disparities in access lead to longer wait times and avoidable deaths.