NYLPI’s Health Justice Program Launches “They Can Donate But They Can’t Receive” Report

May 10, 2023

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

They Can Donate But They Can’t Receive Report Launch

NYLPI’s Health Justice program will host a launch event for its new report, “They Can Donate But They Can’t Receive”, on Thursday, May 11 at 12 p.m. at City Hall Park, as part of its Transplant Equity campaign.

“They Can Donate But They Can’t Receive”, which documents the many barriers immigrants face to receiving life-saving organ transplants in New York, outlines immediate steps legislators and health care systems can take to save lives and save money.

End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) is a potentially deadly diagnosis given to patients whose kidneys can no longer filter toxins from their blood. The only permanent treatment for ESRD is kidney transplantation. For approximately 245,000 low-income undocumented and underinsured immigrants in New York, this cure remains inaccessible – even though immigrants can and increasingly do donate organs to others.

Copies of the new report published by New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI), Make the Road NY, and the New York Immigration Coalition will be available in English, Spanish, and other major languages following the briefing. All three organizations are members of Coverage For All, a statewide coalition fighting to create statewide health insurance for New Yorkers who are excluded from eligibility for coverage because of their immigration status.

Media inquiries may be sent to Eli Judge, Group Gordon.

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