During the committee hearings on Senate Bill 218, one person testified that about 1 in 4 people are discriminated against and/or denied for insurance coverage due to their status as a prospective or prior living organ donor. I was shocked by this statistic, and it proved that this legislation was sorely needed to figuratively slap (rather a literal Will Smith slap) insurance companies upside the head.
Senate Bill 218, sponsored by Senator Lopez, known as the Living Donor Protection Act, prohibits discrimination based on an individual’s status as a living organ or tissue donor in the offering, issuance, cancellation, coverage, price, or other condition of an insurance policy, including a life, health, disability, or long-term care insurance policy.
At least 20 states have similar laws, including Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.
Both the House and Senate have passed this bill unanimously and it is headed to Governor Carney’s desk.
|Senate Bill 218 Sponsors||Yes Votes||No Votes|
|Ennis, Gay, Hansen, Sokola, Townsend, Lopez, Lawson, Pettyjohn||Senate Passes 21-0. Brown Ennis Gay Hansen Lockman Mantzavinos Paradee Pinkney Poore S.McBride Sokola Sturgeon Townsend Walsh Bonini Hocker Lawson Lopez Pettyjohn Richardson Wilson|
|Schwartzkopf, Baumbach, Bennett, Chukwuocha, Heffernan, K.Johnson, Morrison, Osienski, Smyk, Briggs King, Gray, Ramone, D.Short, M.Smith||House Passes 41-0. Baumbach Bennett Bentz Bolden Brady Bush Carson Chukwuocha Cooke Dorsey-Walker Griffith Heffernan K.Johnson K.Williams Kowalko Lambert Longhurst Lynn Matthews Minor-Brown Mitchell Morrison Osienski S.Moore Schwartzkopf Wilson-Anton Briggs King Collins D.Short Dukes Gray Hensley M.Smith Morris Postles Ramone Shupe Smyk Spiegelman Vanderwende Yearick|
|Current Status:||.Sent to the Governor.|