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Legislature requests State action on living organ donations


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We’ve all read the stories in the paper of the countless individuals suffering from the ongoing opioid epidemic. There has been a lot of talk of families being ripped apart by this tragedy, too often we hear talk but see little action.

Legislator Ted Morton joined Senator Patrick M. Gallivan, Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard, Holland Central School Superintendent Cathy Fabiatos and Alden School Superintendent Adam Stoltman to announce continued funding for school resource officers (SRO) in several local districts. The SRO program provides a uniformed officer in schools as a way to promote student safety, conflict resolution and anti-bullying initiatives.


At a Legislative session held on September 21, 2017, Legislator Ted Morton honored Lancaster resident, Dick Young as the September 2017 Citizen of the month.


Today, in response to the County Executive’s offer to work with Legislator Morton to develop a compromise Made in America Act, Legislator Ted Morton wrote to him to begin the process.


Legislator Ted Morton first introduced the Made in America Act in support of local manufacturers and local workers in Erie County. After passing the Legislature by a vote of 9-1, the County Executive vetoed the law after instructing the County Attorney to draft a legal opinion.


Legislator Ted Morton (R-Cheektowaga) announces that a measure has been passed unanimously by the County Legislature urging New York State to enact new policies to encourage living organ donation. With the rates of living donors dropping, several policies including donor reimbursement, tax deductions for lost wages, and long term follow up medical care for donors has been recommended to help rebuild the donor base in New York State.

 

“As a living donor myself having donated a kidney several years ago, I can attest to the serious barriers that are preventing citizens from donating, supporting these common sense policies will go a long way in ensuring a healthy organ donor base, with so many people in need we should be doing everything we can to increase the rate of living organ donors,” stated Legislator Morton.

 

Legislator Morton invited Patti Meritt, Vice President for Kidney Foundation, to a committee meeting on Nov. 10 to discuss the importance of his resolution and making changes.

 

“The Kidney Connection Inc. recognizes that kidney donors save lives and restore the health of thousands of people every year. Living kidney donation is the best treatment for kidney failure. We are committed to making living kidney donation available to more people in need and to protecting and assisting living kidney donors, our heroes,” said Merritt.

 

With recent reports showing costs of less than $6,000 per donor per year if these polices were enacted, the statewide budgetary impact would be $3.6 million across the state and an increase in the rate of donation of up to 25 percent could be expected. Research has also shown a reduction of health care costs of $18 million a year through organ donation as opposed to the long term costs of continuing treatment for those who are unable to receive a donation.

For additional information or questions about a county issue, please contact Legislator Morton at 858-8856 or email ted.morton@erie.gov.