Skip to main content Skip to office menu Skip to footer
Capital IconMinnesota Legislature

Bill to bar discrimination of tissue donors passes House

A bill that aims to help prevent economic harm to living tissue donors was passed by the House 126-8 Tuesday.

HF1829 would prohibit life, long-term care and disability insurance providers from discriminating against organ or bone marrow donors. The carriers would not be allowed to cancel, refuse to offer, limit coverage, change the premium rating or otherwise discriminate due solely to a person’s status as a donor.

Rep. Kaohly Vang Her (DFL-St. Paul) sponsors the bill that holds special significance for her as someone who has had a kidney disease since she was 16 years old. She’s been able to manage with treatment every six months.

“I know even with management I will eventually need a transplant,” she said.  

She said donors shouldn’t suffer economic loss for helping save a person’s life. “We must protect our heroes,” she said.

Encouraging living organ and tissue donation will save lives and will also save the health care system money, she said.

The bill now moves to the Senate where Sen. Paul Utke (R-Park Rapids) is the sponsor.


Related Articles

Priority Dailies

House passes tax package that includes rebate checks, $1 billion in new revenues
Rep. Aisha Gomez and House Majority Leader Jamie Long talk during a break in the May 20 debate on HF1938, the tax finance and policy bill. (Photo by Catherine Davis) Is it the largest tax cut in Minnesota history? Or the biggest tax hike the state has ever experienced? Could it be both? That’s the crux of the debate about the conference ...
House passes finalized cannabis legalization bill, sends it to Senate
A supporter of cannabis legalization demonstrates in front of the Capitol in 2021. The House repassed a bill to legalize recreational cannabis, as amended in conference committee, May 18 and sent HF100 to the Senate. (House Photography file photo) The House gave the green light to adult-use recreational cannabis Thursday. “The day has finally arrived. Today is the day that we are going to vote here in the House for th...

Minnesota House on Twitter