October 13, 2023
Biden’s Organ Procurement Transplant Network (OPTN) Signing
Last Month, President Biden signed a bipartisan piece of legislation that will reform the organ transplant system, the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network, and waiting process as more than 100,000 people await a transplant. The system has only ever been managed by the nonprofit United Network for Organ Sharing, which has drawn criticism for its handling of organs, long waitlists for transplants and the number of deaths among people waiting – about 6,000 per year. Part of Biden’s 2024 budget proposal sought increased funding for organ procurement and transplantation – a total of $67 million – and requests that Congress update decades-old rules around appropriations and contracts for organ transplants in order to increase competition. Last year, AdventHealth testified in the Senate Finance Committee hearing entitled “A System in Need of Repair: Addressing Organizational Failures of the U.S.’s Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network.” To review the past hearing, click here.