A state law enacted in 2006 reimburses businesses that allow a paid leave of absence for their employees for the specific purpose of organ and bone marrow donation, but current law does not provide for expenses incurred by donors.
"The donation process not only requires donors to make a difficult and painful decision in terms of the actual procedure, but also undergo significant financial planning to account for the costs of medical care," McIlhinney said. "The choice to donate an organ is a brave, noble and selfless decision, and lawmakers should do our part to support this practice."
The legislation mirrors a proposal introduced by Representative
"My family experiences revealed to me that a business can earn tax deductions for allowing an employee the time to make the donation, but the person who shares their organ gets no opportunity to recoup their expenses for their generosity," Galloway said. "Fixing this oversight may well encourage more living donations."
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