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U.S. Senate Appropriators Question Liver Allocation Policy

U.S. Senate Appropriators Question Liver Allocation Policy:

  • The Subcommittee’s hearing on the Administration’s budget switched focus to an important liver health issue.

    • Senator Roy Blunt (R-MI) focused a majority of his questions on the recently released Liver Allocation Policy.

      • He asked if Sec. Azar would request the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) to delay the policy.

      • Sen. Blunt made it clear that this proposed policy would lead to 32% fewer liver transplants in Missouri, and have horrible unintended consequences.

      • In January Sen. Blunt led 20 Senate colleagues in submitting a bipartisan letter to Sec. Azar demanding answers from OPTN.

      • Sec. Azar explained that his hands are tied because OPTN is not under his control. However, from GLI’s perspective, It was important to have such an important liver health policy issue addressed.

    • Senator Moran (R-KS) followed Sen. Blunt stressing that not enough is being done to protect people who currently are on the transplant wait list and that OPTN did not listen to constituent comments when the new allocation policy was released.

      • Sec. Azar conceded that the most important thing is to increase the supply of livers. Sen. Moran then made the point that there needs to be a full re-evaluation of the organ donation and recovery process.