Area Lawmaker Proposes Lifetime Healthcare for Kidney Donors

A new bill has been introduced in the New York State Senate by an area lawmaker that would provide lifetime healthcare through the state’s insurance exchange to anyone in New York who donates a kidney. More than 8,000 people in New York are waiting for a kidney transplant and only 347 people have served as live kidney donors this year so far. North Rockland state senator James Skoufis says New York’s kidney waiting list is the third longest in the country…

Allison McSherry is the spokesperson for organ donation support organization LiveOnNY, and says the group supports the bill…

And that was Nanuet’s Roxanne Watson, a heart transplant recipient, donor registration advocate, and, of course, the host of “Michael’s Gifts” heard Wednesdays at 9:30 here on WRCR. Senator Skoufis says the program will get money through a newly-authorized Kidney Donor Insurance Fund to be established during the budget process.

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