The Senate unanimously passed a bills on Wednesday that address the rising costs of care for individuals with chronic illnesses. Senate Bill 301S, sponsored sponsored by Sen. Kyle Evans Gay, provides a tax credit to organ and bone marrow donors.
Senate Bill 301S would provide a tax credit of up to $10,000 to living organ and bone marrow donors to defray the costs associated with surgery and recovery. This tax credit covers unreimbursed medical expenses, travel expenses, lodging expenses, and lost wages that are related to a donation of an organ or bone marrow by the taxpayer or a dependent of the taxpayer.
Under the bill, a tax credit also would be available to Delaware employers who provide employees who donate an organ or bone marrow with paid time off for the purpose of the transplantation. That credit would equal 25% of the employee’s gross wages paid to the employee during the time missed from work, not including any amount paid to the person by the employer as traditional paid time off, for a period of up to 30 days of missed work for each donation.
|Senate Bill 301S Sponsors||Yes Votes||No Votes|
|Gay, Brown, Ennis, Hansen, Lockman, Mantzavinos, McBride, Paradee, Pinkney, Poore, Sokola, Sturgeon, Townsend, Walsh, Bonini, Hocker, Lawson, Lopez, Pettyjohn, Richardson, Wilson||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|
|Current Status:||Sent to the House|
“Countless brave and selfless Delawareans volunteer to be living donors. We should do everything we can to take finances off the table when it comes to making this critical decision,” Sen. Gay said. “By alleviating some of the burdens of live organ and bone marrow donation, this legislation will help to facilitate life-saving donations and make a difference in the lives of so many Delawareans.”
“As a living organ donor, I’m aware of the shortage of people signed up to donate. We need to be doing everything we can to encourage more people to be organ donors, not put up barriers,” said House Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf, the House prime sponsor of SB 301S. “This legislation will go a long way towards tearing down the barriers that can make organ donation economically impossible, and empower more Delawareans to make the life-saving decision to help someone in their greatest time of need.”
SB 301S now head to the House for consideration.