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Assembly Panel Approves Conaway Bill to Allow Health Insurance Carriers Provide Info on Tissue and Organ Donation

(TRENTON) – Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrat Herb Conaway to require health insurance carriers, SBHP, and SEHBP to disseminate information about organ and tissue donation cleared an Assembly panel on Thursday.

The bill (A-4230), which supplements the “Health Care Quality Act,” would require carriers to provide to subscribers written informational materials about organ and tissue donation and registration at each contract renewal.

According to the NJ Sharing Network, over 2.5 million New Jersey are registered organ and tissue donors. More than 122, 000 people nationwide are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant and nearly 5,000 in New Jersey residents. In 2015, 95 people died while waiting at a New Jersey transplant center.

“An opportunity to share information on tissue and organ donation is a chance to save a life,” said Conaway (D-Burlington). “One person can help or save more than 50 lives through tissue and organ donation. With this legislation, we can reach more residents and, hopefully, encourage more people to consider becoming a donor.”

The materials would be developed or approved by a federally designated organ procurement organization, and would inform subscribers as to how to make an anatomical gift, including information on the registration of a gift in the Donate Life New Jersey registry.

The bill was released by the Assembly Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee; it will now go to the Assembly Speaker for further consideration.