NYLPI’s Health Justice Program Hosted Transplant Equity Report Launch at City Hall

May 12, 2023

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

NYLPI’s Health Justice program celebrated the launch of their new report, “They Can Donate But They Can’t Receive” on May 11, 2023 at City Hall Park.

“It is unacceptable that the lack of legal immigration status or health insurance is preventing undocumented New Yorkers from receiving life-saving organ donations. That is why I am the proud sponsor of Coverage For All and the kidney transplant bill S3577. Both legislative proposals would greatly improve healthcare access for one of our State’s most vulnerable populations while creating significant savings for the State by providing uninsured New Yorkers with options aside from emergency care. No one should be forced to suffer from acute renal failure as their life depends on dialysis treatment before being eligible for a life-saving transplant.” – Senator Gustavo Rivera, Chair of the Committee on Health

“Every day I work with undocumented and uninsured clients who are among the most marginalized members of our communities. They have always been the backbone of many industries including caregiving, restaurants, construction, and agriculture for decades, but end up struggling to receive the medical care they need and deserve. While it’s estimated that undocumented immigrants make up at least 3% of the national deceased organ donor pool, this part of our healthcare system continues to shut them out.  It’s a grave injustice that has a clear fix: Health insurance coverage and care without bias for all New Yorkers regardless of immigration status.”  – Karina Albistegui-Adler, Senior Health Advocate, NYLPI

Read the full press release — including quotes from elected officials, health advocates and organizers — here.

Watch a livestream recording of the event on NYLPI’s Facebook here.

Learn more about the Transplant Equity campaign and find links to the report (in English and Spanish) here.

Photo: Make the Road organizers and community members hold up signs at the launch event. Photo by Neil Lasalle.

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