Redistributive policy

Wicker and Hyde-Smith demand the cancellation of the National Liver Redistribution Policy

Below is a press release from Senators Cindy Hyde-Smith and Roger Wicker:

U.S. Senators Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., joined 14 colleagues in lobbying Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra to quit undoes the Biden administration’s flawed national liver distribution policy.

Wicker and Hyde-Smith signed a letter that highlights the disproportionate harm the liver-distribution policy is causing to patients in the South and Midwest. University of Mississippi Medical Center Operates Extremely Hit transplant program.

“For many years, members of the Senate have expressed serious concerns about the Department of Health and Human Services’ organ allocation policy led by contractors,” the senators wrote. “In addition to concerns raised by members of Congress, more than a dozen transplant hospitals have sued the Department in federal court to reverse allocation changes for three different organs – lungs, liver and kidneys. These actions clearly show that there is no unanimous, or even majority, agreement on the sweeping changes underway in organ allocation policy.

Among other things, lawmakers argue that HHS ceded necessary oversight of the organ procurement and transplant network operated by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS).

The letter refers recently published emails which show a pattern of collusion between UNOS, a New England-area organ procurement organization, and others prior to the publication of the liver allocation policy changes. The emails further contain profane and disparaging comments about people living in the South, demonstrating a clear bias against these areas in the policy-making process.

“Mr. Secretary, these emails show, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that the liver allocation decision was fundamentally flawed, and the body responsible for carrying it out is being systematically broken. In particular, the adoption of liver allocation policy has been fraught with inconsistencies, a lack of transparency, and blatant violations by UNOS in determining policy.Yet whenever these concerns have been brought to the attention of the Department, they have been ignored. It is time for the Department to reverse this biased, partial and unfair allocation policy.

U.S. Senators Roy Blunt, R-Mo., and Jerry Moran, R-Kan., led the letter. The letter was also signed by Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Senators Richard Shelby, R-Ala., Lindsey Graham, RS.C., Roger Marshall, R-Kan., John Boozman, R -Ark., Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., Josh Hawley, R-Mo., Todd Young, R-Ind., Mike Braun, R-Ind., Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala. , and Tom Cotton, R-Arche.

Click here to read the letter.