Telemundo: Undocumented Immigrants Can Donate Organs, But They Cannot Receive Them

August 10, 2022

Coverage4All, Health Justice, Immigrant Justice, Medical Access, News

Text reads: NY Needs Coverage for All! Hashtag Coverage For All


NYLPI’s Senior Staff Attorney for Health Justice Yleana Román was featured in Telemundo 47’s investigative segment on access to organ transplants for undocumented immigrants. The segment explains how undocumented immigrants in New York are able to be organ donors but are unable to receive a transplant — even in the case of a life-threatening emergency. Though undocumented immigrants may be able to access temporary medical assistance through Emergency Medicaid, Román points out that it does not cover organ transplants. NYLPI calls upon Governor Kathy Hochul and New York legislators to enact Coverage4All which would expand healthcare access to all New Yorkers, regardless of immigration status.

Watch the full segment from Telemundo 47.

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