There were other reasons than my differing with the way Columbia manages their transplant program & candidates care that makes me relieved that I moved out of New York City when I did.
The New York State donation rate is another.
I truly hope that Lauren’s Law does become permanent versus just another 4 year renewal. I knew the donation rate in New York was lagging but didn’t know the severity of the degree it was. I’d hate to see how low they’d drop if this law was allowed to lapse.
I know there are many misconceptions about donation as well as transplant itself, but I have always felt that more education & awareness might solve that issue. Or perhaps a class or program that is given in conjunction with driver’s education to raise awareness & increase donations could also be of use, even in conjunction with Lauren’s Law.
If asked personally, I would also be in favor of moving to a voluntary opt-out versus the current voluntary opt-in system nationwide, (even though I understand the arguments against such a change).
I do commend New York for recognizing this is a problem & having worked to address it by extending the law but then taking steps for permanent enactment. (Even if rates continue to be lower than hoped for.)
Perhaps other states with low donation rates could take a cue & model similar legislation. Every bit helps to close the gap.
Update (as of) 5/19/16: Though not permanent yet, Lauren’s Law will not sunset. It will be extended another 4 years. Read more here.
While I agree that most of us hoped for something other than another extension, thankfully it was not allowed to lapse. The extension was passed unanimously.
Hopefully in another 4 years they’ll make another effort to make it permanent.