WASHINGTON (KFVS) - U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) welcomed a Georgia District Court injunction that prevents changes in the national liver distribution policy prior to an appellate court ruling on the case.
Blunt and U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (Kan.) sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar asking him to delay the new liver distribution policy - pending additional information they have requested from the U.S. Government Accountability Office.
“The proposed changes to the liver allocation policy are simply wrong,” said Blunt. “The policy penalizes areas of the country, like ours, that have high donation rates and ignores the recommendations of the nation’s leading transplant experts. It will lead to higher costs and fewer transplants in our region, all while providing no improvement in patient outcomes. I will continue challenging this unfair action and hope the courts will put a permanent stop to it.”
Blunt pressed Secretary Azar about the policy changes in April.
The proposed changes, made by the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN), could result in a 32 percent drop in liver transplants in Missouri, according to Blunt’s office.