How the Affordable Care Act Could Affect Organ Transplantation

The hottest topic of the day is undoubtedly the United States Supreme Court’s ruling that upholds the Affordable Care Act. The Affordable Care Act has major implications for almost all areas of healthcare and medicine. As you would expect, it will likely have an impact on organ transplantation.

We believe that the Affordable Care Act could give hope to individuals in need of lifesaving organ transplants. Currently, there is a small pool of Americans who struggle get placed on the national transplant waiting list because they lack insurance and are unable to afford post-transplant medications that are vital to the long-term health of the transplanted organ and the individual. Right now, states pay for transplants for uninsured patients through Medicaid. But, a patient’s inability to pay for post-transplant medications can lead to delayed placement (or denial of placement) on the national transplant waiting list.

The Affordable Care Act could bridge the gap that these patients face in funding post-transplant medications by providing affordable health insurance. The act could lead to these patients being added, in a more timely fashion, to the national transplant waiting list.

What do you think? We want to hear your opinions on the Affordable Care Act and how it could affect organ transplantation. Let us know by leaving a comment or posting on the Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network Facebook page.


8 Responses to How the Affordable Care Act Could Affect Organ Transplantation

  1. Marta M. Diaz Fonseca says:

    I honestly think that the correct approach to the law is not being made by transplantation advocates. First, the law established no Lifetime Limits to hospitalization, ambulatory services, laboratory and prescription drugs, among others. That, includes the “items and services” related to those categories.

    It is true that insurance companies can continue imposing a lifetime limit of whatever amount to a transplant coverage but, NOT to the hospitalizations or prescription drugs under the allegation that is related to transplant. Some may say, hey! the hospitalization was for the transplant but, the truth is that the law does not provides the exception that if a hospitalization is related to transplant then it can have a lifetime limit. Others would say, hey! but the immunosuppresors are related to transplant but, when the law states “no lifetime limits” for “prescription drugs” does not make any exception as to the prescriptions drugs related to transplant.

    An insurance company cannot use the viability to set a cap to a transplant coverage (because right now transplant is not one of the essential health benefits) to set a cap to essential health benefits under the subterfuge that “is related to transplant”. The affordable care act does not provides for that exception.

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    • tokengimp says:

      As someone already disabled with paraplegia and now recently diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis I’m certainly interested on what I can look forward to with Obamacare and the Affordable Care Act.

      At some point I think it will become too costly to provide the best coverage to all people. It’s at that point we will be forced to make serious decisions about peoples lives and how long they will live.


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  5. S.Lilly says:

    My post transplant medications and labs cost me so much. I have a high deductible insurance (all we could afford), and the amount I may save through the Affordable Healthcare Act is substantial! Thank you, Obama!

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