This bill would authorize the Dept. of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide organ transplants for veterans, even if the living donor is a non-veteran, at the VA or non-VA facility of their choice. The VA would provide the donor with any care or services that may be required before and after conducting such a procedure. Current law prohibits veterans from receiving an organ donation from a non-veteran under the VA system.
What is House Bill H.R. 1133?
Cost of House Bill H.R. 1133
In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. John Carter (R-TX) introduced this bill to allow the VA to provide transplants for veterans, even if the living donor is a non-veteran, at the facility of their choice:
“The Veterans Transplant Coverage Act was inspired by the Nelson family from my district. Charles Nelson served his country nobly and is now 100% disabled. When Charles needed a kidney transplant, his son, Austin, was a match. When it came time for the operation, the VA system denied him coverage. The VA’s decision forced the Nelson’s to solicit donations to complete the transplant surgery to save Charles’ life. After hearing that the Nelson’s had to fundraise and drain their savings because of the VA’s policy, I knew that I had to bring this fight to Washington. Today, the Nelson family and I joined together to bring their story to Congress, so DC can understand that the VA’s policies have a real impact on our veterans and their families. Unfortunately, the Nelson’s story is one of far too many. To the veterans that have come before and been denied life-saving coverage, you deserve better.”
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Veterans Transplant Coverage Act of 2017
To amend the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 to authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide for an operation on a live donor for purposes of conducting a transplant procedure for a veteran, and for other purposes.
- Not enactedThe President has not signed this bill
- The senate has not voted
Committee on Veterans' Affairs
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- The house Passed November 7th, 2017Passed by Voice Vote
HealthCommittee on Veterans' AffairsIntroducedFebruary 16th, 2017
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