Arizona’s Medicaid program recently eliminated funding for the following organ transplants: liver for diagnosis of hepatitis C, lung, pancreas only, pancreas after kidney, heart for non-ischemic cardiomyopathy, and unrelated bone marrow transplants which affect blood cancer patients. Two people, including one person with hepatitis C, have since died and many others are scrambling to fundraise on their own for these lifesaving procedures. This policy has been denounced by national transplantation organizations.
Please sign this petition to demand that Arizona Governor Jan Brewer work with the State Legislature to immediately restore funding for these transplants and end this inhumane policy.
As you know, 61 Medicaid recipients were on the national waitlist for organ transplants when this policy was implemented. Two people have since died and many others have been forced with the untenable task of fundraising for medical procedures that will save their lives. The American Society of Transplantation (AST), the American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS), and the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) have all opposed the elimination of funding for these transplant procedures and called it a “death sentence” for many citizens of Arizona.
I recognize the fiscal challenges facing Arizona and all states around the country. However, cutting costs by denying the only treatment option to people with end-stage organ failure is outrageous and inhumane. It also results in losing millions of federal Medicaid match funding. Please work with your colleagues now to restore this funding and work with transplant experts who have offered guidance on more reasonable cost-containment measures.