PEORIA, Ill. — President Donald Trump signed a new executive order outlining steps to improve kidney health for thousands of Americans.
The order plans to make kidney transplants more readily available and get more Americans off of wait lists for transplants sooner.
Non-profit organizations providing organ donations like Gift of Hope affirms this executive order is a positive step towards getting more needed transplants done.
They believe, for example, reimbursing donors for personal expenses will motivate others to step up and get on the list. The organization’s president said that in the state of Illinois, there’s currently 4,000 people on the waiting list for an organ transplant.
“We’re blessed here in Illinois to have experienced a 7% increase in organ donation over the last 6 years. So we’ve done really really well but there’s still things that can be done at the federal level around changing some regulations,” said Kevin Cmunt, CEO of Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network, “There’s a lot of work to do with CMS and HHS and all the stakeholders to make sure the changes we make are going to work and they are going to increase transplantation across the country. But I am confident that the extra push that something like the president’s executive order gives, is going to be beneficial.”
If you are interested in becoming an organ donor you can visit GiftofHope.org.