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Congressman Andy Harris

Representing the First District of Maryland

Harris Praises Passage of Bipartisan HIV Organ Transplant Bill

November 12, 2013
Press Release

 

Harris Praises Passage of Bipartisan HIV Organ Transplant Bill
HOPE Act Now Heads to the President

Washington, D.C. - The House of Representatives passed the HIV Organ Policy Equity Act (HOPE Act), a bill that would create a science-based path for medical research to proceed on the feasibility, effectiveness and safety of HIV-positive to HIV-positive organ transplants. The bipartisan bicameral legislation was introduced in the Senate by Senators Boxer and Coburn and in the House by Representatives Capps and Harris.  The Senate version of the bill was passed by the House and now heads to the President for his expected signature. 

“The HOPE Act is exactly the kind of bipartisan legislation that will improve lives and have a positive impact on our healthcare system,” said Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. “As a physician for nearly 30 years who has conducted medical research, I know firsthand how medical innovation often outpaces government laws and regulations."

“I have seen numerous times the life-saving joy that an organ transplant brings to patients and their families. The HOPE Act changes an outdated law by making government work in a more efficient and effective manner for all patients needing transplants – both those with HIV and those without – which is exactly what the American people expect from their elected officials,” Harris added.

The bill is supported by a wide variety of medical and patient organizations including: American Medical Association, American Society for Transplantation, American Society of Transplant Surgeons, Dialysis Patient Citizens, HIV Medicine Association, United Network for Organ Sharing, American Civil Liberties Union, Organization for Transplant Professionals, American Society for Nephrology, American Transplant Foundation, Association of Organ Procurement Organization, and others.

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