The California Assembly’s Committee on Labor voted unanimously on April 3 to approve a bill that would prohibit life, disability and long-term care insurers from discriminating against living organ donors by charging them higher premiums or denying them insurance.
Assembly Bill 1223, introduced by Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, D-Winters, would also extend job-protected leave by requiring employers to provide up to 60 business days of unpaid organ donation leave.
“Many Californians struggle with the very real impacts of kidney disease and are in need of transplants,” Melanie Kahn, director of state advocacy for the American Kidney Fund, which supports the legislation, said in a press release from the AKF. “These important protections will ensure willing donors have the basic assurance that a compassionate, life-saving act won’t cause their insurance premiums to skyrocket.”
According to the release, 94,436 Californians live with ESRD. However, only one in eight Californian residents on the waiting list to receive a kidney transplant received one in 2018.
The bill will now be referred to the California Assembly Committee on Insurance for review.