Rep. Retherford Announces Passage Of Bill Prohibiting Discrimination Against Transplant Recipients
HB 332 provides protections for disabled individuals on the transplant list
January 24, 2018
 
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COLUMBUS—State Representative Wes Retherford (R-Hamilton) today announced passage of legislation that prohibits discriminating against disabled individuals for the purpose of being placed on the organ and tissue transplant list.


“I applaud my colleagues for taking the step forward in ensuring equal treatment of individuals with disabilities being placed on organ transplant lists,” Rep. Retherford said. “Many of these individuals are perfectly capable of following the post procedure regimen and should be looked at on an individual basis, not just ruled out because they have a certain disability.”


While various medical criteria, including the ability to follow a post-procedure regimen, must be considered in order to be placed on the transplant list, transplant teams are given their own discretion in deciding how to account for disabled individuals. This has resulted in inherent bias against patients with intellectual disabilities because some medical professionals believe it would significantly reduce their quality of life, making it harder for them to recuperate after the surgery.


However, according to committee testimony from the director of The Ohio State University Nisonger Center, Marc J. Tassé, studies show that individuals with an intellectual disability have the same survival rate as patients without a disability following a transplant surgery.


If enacted into law, Ohio would become the sixth state to approve such legislation, sending a message to Ohioans with disabilities that the state will not tolerate discrimination when it comes to needing an organ or tissue transplant.


House Bill 332 was sponsored by State Representative Niraj Antani (R-Miamisburg) and now goes to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.


 

 
 
 
  
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