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Kidney Caucus Chairs Applaud HRSA Announcement to Modernize Organ Procurement and Transplantation

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representatives Larry Bucshon, M.D. (R-Ind.-08) and Suzan DelBene (D-Wash.-01), Co-chairs of the Congressional Kidney Caucus, released the following statement after the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) announced an initiative to modernize the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network: 


“Every year thousands of potentially lifesaving organs are wasted, failing the more than 100,000 patients on waiting lists. The majority of these patients are waiting for kidneys, yet one in five kidneys recovered from American donors go unused. This must change. As co-chairs of the bipartisan Kidney Caucus we are pleased HRSA is attempting to address this issue, and will do our part by advocating for commonsense, bipartisan reforms. Lives are at stake.” 


According to recent data by HRSA, there are 104,234 people waiting for lifesaving organ transplants in the United States. Of these, 88,901 await kidney transplants. In 2022 there were 25,499 kidney transplants preformed in America which amounted more than all other organ transplant procedures combined.