Kuster co-sponsors organ donation overhaul bill

Published: Aug. 2, 2023 at 6:01 AM EDT
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WASHINGTON. (WCAX) - A bill to overhaul organ donations that was co-sponsored by a New Hampshire lawmaker is headed to the president’s desk.

Congresswoman Annie Kuster co-sponsored the Securing U.S. Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network Act which would create a bidding process for contracts to control the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN), an organization connecting organs with patients.

According to Kuster, the government has worked with the same organization for more than 40 years, but an investigation found they failed to make sure organs were not lost or damaged in transit.

This bill would create multiple contracts and ensure financial oversight from the government accountability office.

“Organ donation is an incredible medical feat that has enabled doctors to save thousands of lives all across our country – we owe it to patients and their families to ensure it is effectively managed to give them the best possible outcome,” Kuster, D-New Hampshire, said in a statement.