Global Liver Institute is proud to support H.R. 2544, the Securing the U.S. Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network Act. This bipartisan legislation responds to the urgent need for reforming the Organ Procurement Transplantation Network (OTPN), breaking up the national monopoly contract so that the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) can run an open, competitive process and choose from the best of the best in each field (e.g., health policy, IT, logistics, patient safety) to save more lives.
Because of the organ shortage, more than 100,000 Americans are waiting for lifesaving transplants – including more than 10,000 patients in need of liver transplants. Recently, the Senate Finance Committee – which has been investigating UNOS for three years – issued the following conclusion: “From the top down, the U.S. transplant network is not working, putting Americans’ lives at risk.”
On March 22nd, HRSA announced it would move forward with breaking up the national monopoly contract as part of the OPTN Modernization Initiative, but legislative action is needed to support their efforts.
We urge your help by contacting Members of Congress requesting their support for the bill introduced by Reps. Larry Bucshon (R-IN) and Robin Kelly (D-IL) to fix this broken system.