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.