HARRISBURG – Legislation that would protect living organ donors in Pennsylvania, sponsored by Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne), was unanimously approved by the Senate Health and Human Services Committee today and now moves to the full Senate for consideration.
“My bill would provide living organ donors with more certainty and help to encourage additional Pennsylvanians to give the gift of life,” said Toohil. “I am grateful to the committee and its chair, Sen. Michele Brooks, for their unanimous support. Our hope is to get the measure enacted before the current legislative session ends in November.”
House Bill 924
, or the Living Donor Protection Act, would prohibit a life, accident or health insurance company from discriminating against an organ or tissue donor. It would also ensure family and medical leave be provided for an eligible employee for the preparation and recovery necessary for surgery related to living organ or tissue donation. In addition, the proposal would require the state Department of Health to develop informational materials relating to living donors and the benefits of live donation of organs and tissue.
Toohil donated a kidney to her mother in 2003 and has been a strong advocate for organ donation during her House tenure.
Representative Tarah Toohil
116th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Contact: Rep. Toohil’s Office