STATEHOUSE (March 12, 2019) – The Indiana House of Representatives today voted in support of legislation sponsored by State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) that would end disability-based discrimination for those seeking organ transplants.
Bacon said Senate Bill 112 would prohibit health care providers from discriminating against potential transplant recipients solely on the basis of disability.
“In rare cases, individuals with disabilities have been denied an organ transplant or placed lower on the recipient list solely due to their disability,” Bacon said. “Everyone deserves quality care and resources when it comes to medicine. There are already many challenges when waiting for a life-saving transplant, and these individuals should not have to face an unfair barrier like discrimination.”
The legislation would also prohibit health plans from denying an individual insurance coverage for the transplant based on their disability. Under the proposal, if patients in need of a transplant are denied because of their disability, they could file a civil action lawsuit.
“With this legislation, we want to ensure patients who are blind, deaf, autistic, or have other intellectual, developmental, or psychiatric disabilities don’t face discrimination when seeking a medical transplant,” Bacon said.
Senate Enrolled Act 112 now moves to the governor’s desk for consideration as a new law. Visit iga.in.gov to learn more.
State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) represents House District 75,
which includes portions of Warrick, Pike and Spencer counties.