NYLPI Releases Statement on New Transplant Equity Legislation Introduced by NY City Council

November 17, 2023

Disability Justice, Health Justice, Immigrant Justice, Media Coverage, News, Transplant Equity

Karina speaks at the Transplant Equity rally at City Hall.

New legislation was introduced by the New York City Council to create a program that would pave the way for life-saving and money-saving organ transplants for all New Yorkers, including members of immigrant and low-income communities.

The bill would create a new Office of Organ Transplant Equity within the Department of Health and help uninsured and underinsured New Yorkers obtain necessary insurance to cover organ transplant surgeries and follow-up care, as well as coordinate education for providers about how to eliminate the barriers underserved communities face when seeking transplant care.

“We thank Council Members Narcisse, Hanif, and Schulman for introducing this important legislation which will advance the rights of people who need organ transplants,” said Karina Albistegui-Adler, Senior Health Advocate, NYLPI

Read the full statement here.

Read NYLPI’s Transplant Equity Report here.

Photo: Karina speaking at a Transplant Equity rally at City Hall earlier this year.

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