< Back to H.R. 2856 (108th Congress, 2003–2004)

Text of To authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services to carry out demonstration projects to increase the supply of organs ...

...supply of organs donated for human transplantation.

This bill was introduced on July 24, 2003, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Jul 24, 2003 (Introduced).

Source: GPO

HR 2856 IH

108th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2856

To authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services to carry out demonstration projects to increase the supply of organs donated for human transplantation.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

July 24, 2003

Mr. GREENWOOD (for himself, Mr. FROST, and Mrs. CHRISTENSEN) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce


A BILL

To authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services to carry out demonstration projects to increase the supply of organs donated for human transplantation.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS REGARDING SUPPLY OF DONATED ORGANS.

    (a) IN GENERAL- The Secretary of Health and Human Services (in this section referred to as the ‘Secretary’) shall make grants to public and nonprofit private entities to establish or operate demonstration projects for the purpose of increasing the supply of organs donated for human transplantation.

    (b) CONSULTATIONS- In carrying out subsection (a) for each grant, the Secretary shall consult with--

      (1) experts in human organ allocation and transplantation, including representatives from the American Society of Transplant Surgeons and representatives from the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network;

      (2) entities with other appropriate expertise, including physicians, practitioners in end-of-life psychiatry, teaching hospitals, and nonprofit private organizations concerned with organ donation;

      (3) professional medical associations, including the American Medical Association; and

      (4) business leaders, religious leaders, and other community representatives.

    (c) INCENTIVES-

      (1) IN GENERAL- Subject to compliance with section 301 of the National Organ Transplant Act, demonstration projects under subsection (a) may include projects that facilitate the purpose described in such subsection by establishing appropriate financial incentives with respect to the donation of organs, including projects to provide for the payment of travel and subsistence expenses incurred by individuals toward making living donations of their organs.

      (2) LIFE INSURANCE; ANNUITIES- Demonstration projects providing financial incentives pursuant to paragraph (1) shall include one or more projects to provide payments for the purchase of life insurance policies or annuities, payable to a donor’s designee. Such projects shall be carried out by the Secretary acting through the Director of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, after consultation with the Director of the Office of Personnel Management and officials in such Office who carry out life insurance programs regarding Federal employees. Such projects shall--

        (A) include actuarial safety standards consistent with insurance industry standards to ensure that the costs of the projects to taxpayers are minimal; and

        (B) be designed to operate independently of the Secretary after receiving payments under this section for the initial costs of the projects.

    (d) EVALUATIONS- The Secretary shall (directly or through grants or contracts) provide for the evaluation of demonstration projects under subsection (a) in order to determine the extent to which the projects have been effective in carrying out the purpose described in such subsection.

    (e) REPORT- Not later than December 1, 2007, the Secretary shall submit to the Congress a report that describes the activities carried out by the Secretary under this section, contains summaries of the evaluations under subsection (d), provides the findings of the Secretary regarding effective means of carrying out the purpose described in subsection (a), and provides the recommendations of the Secretary regarding the provision of further appropriations to carry out this section.

    (f) FUNDING-

      (1) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS- For the purpose of carrying out this section, there is authorized to be appropriated $25,000,000 for each of the fiscal years 2004 through 2008.

      (2) ALLOCATION- Of the amounts appropriated under paragraph (1) for a fiscal year, the Secretary shall reserve not more than five percent for evaluations under subsection (d).