State Legislatures: Something to Watch in 2020

  • 1 Pascale H. Lane is a member of the Kidney News Editorial Board.
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In 2020, the Advancing American Kidney Health (AAKH) executive order brought national attention to improving our care of chronic kidney disease. However, many of its components will not occur solely through national efforts. We need to keep watch on state initiatives, since healthcare and insurance are regulated at that level.

For example, in 2019 Oklahoma passed the living organ donor insurance coverage act. This law, effective November 1, 2019, prohibits insurers from refusing coverage for life, disability, or long-term care insurance to an individual solely because they have been a living organ donor. It also prohibits charging more for coverage solely because of organ donation status.

Other states are working on measures to improve medical care and insurability. As the results of these efforts become available, it may lead to more widespread availability of living donor organs and other components of the AAKH.