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In July, GLI used its voice to challenge policymakers to take steps to advance high quality, equitable care for everyone. We met with key Members of Congress to push for action to reform the organ transplant system and facilitate research toward reducing health disparities.



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Global Liver Institute Works to Advance Health Equity


Bipartisan legislation reforming the organ donation system passed after GLI testified in person at the Senate Finance Committee on July 20, 2023. GLI’s CEO Donna R. Cryer, JD was invited by Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) to testify at a hearing titled “The Cost of Inaction and the Urgent Need to Reform the U.S. Transplant System.” Now 28 years after her own liver transplant, Ms. Cryer testified that it is time for the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network to be modernized to achieve better outcomes for patients, especially those most disadvantaged by the current system. The U.S. Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN), bipartisan legislation responding to the urgent need for reforming the OPTN, achieved final passage after the hearing.

GLI is pleased to nominate Julius M. Wilder MD, PhD to be a member of the National Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Advisory Council (NDDKAC). Not only is Dr. Wilder an accomplished gastroenterologist, transplant hepatologist, and medical sociologist with a national reputation in health equity, he would bring much-needed diversity to the NIH NIDDK Council’s work. View the nomination supported by GLI and other leading organizations.

GLI Pushes for Policies to Improve Access to Care

GLI endorsed the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act, legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and Representatives Raul Ruiz (D-Calif.) and Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio) to combat the obesity crisis – which is deeply linked to chronic liver disease. This bipartisan legislation would expand coverage of new health care specialists and chronic weight management medications for Medicare recipients and increase regular screenings. Access the Obesity Action Coalition’s Action Center to ask your Member of Congress to cosponsor this important bill.

GLI joined over 75 organizations commenting on the updated value assessment framework proposed by the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review. We urged ICER to put patients and people with disabilities at the center of its assessments and to discontinue using research methods to value treatments that discriminate and fail to accurately capture outcomes that matter to patients. Their work may embolden payers to use utilization management tools that restrict patient access and autonomy – which risks worse health and greater costs.

GLI pushes for studies on the impact of AASLD’s nomenclature change for nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Last September, GLI’s CEO Donna R. Cryer provided insights on proposals to change the name of NAFLD and NASH to eliminate the term “non-alcoholic” by noting that this debate did not start with patients nor did it respond to patient priorities. Following the official publication of changes despite patient concerns, GLI insists upon an impact analysis before implementing the nomenclature change to mitigate confusion among patients and clinicians and understand the associated costs to patient advocacy and regulatory approval alike.


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