Legislation Increasing Funds for Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Passes State House
April 19, 2019
Earlier this week, Pennsylvania’s House of Representative unanimously approved House Bill 30, which calls for an increase in the voluntary contributions for biennial vehicle registrations from $3 to $6 to The Governor Robert P. Casey Memorial Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Trust Fund.
Act 90, signed into law in 2018, updated Pennsylvania’s 1996 organ donation law to reflect medical advances and adjust organ recovery protocols. It created a framework for public education about organ and tissue donations; clarified the methods for making anatomical donations; and updated the law to reflect the best clinical practices to support anatomical donations for transplantations. The law also included an increase in the voluntary donation to the Casey Trust Fund from $1 to $3.
Recent changes made to Title 75 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes allow for biennial vehicle registrations. Provisions were not included in Act 90 to address the biennial vehicle registrations regarding monetary donations to the Casey Trust Fund. HB 30, sponsored by Representative Joe Petrarca (R-Westmoreland), would address this oversight by increasing the optional organ donation check-off contribution in an effort to ensure that the intent of Act 90 to stabilize the Casey Trust Fund is achieved.
In addition to promoting organ and tissue donation, the Casey Trust Fund pays for the expenses of living donors and provides grants toward the development and implementation of programs to encourage organ and tissue donation statewide. The bill now moves to the state Senate for consideration.
For more information about Pennsylvania hospitals’ efforts to support organ donation, contact Mary Marshall, HAP’s director, workforce and professional services.