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Offline alexa23

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Compensation for travelling
« on: July 18, 2017, 12:21:42 PM »
Dear Forum,
I have a quick question. If I decide to become a kidney donor, is there a way to get compensated for travel expenses, wages that I missed and my husband's travel and lodging?
I understand of course that the procedure must be 100% altruistic and morally I fully agree with it, but honestly, a cost of $5000+ that my family will be paying/loosing because of missed work/lodging/travelling and other out of pocket expenses really makes me hesitant. 

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Re: Compensation for travelling
« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2017, 07:13:52 PM »
Yes, you can be compensated for travel expenses up to cost without it being considered payment for the organ. US law allows for payment for travel, housing, and lost wages incurred by the donor of a human organ in connection with the donation of the organ.

You can ask the intended recipient for financial help. There are also these resources (thanks to Karol Franks for compiling this information):

National Living Donor Assistance Center https://www.livingdonorassistance.org/potentialdonors/applicationprocess.aspx "To file an application for donor travel expense to the transplant center, the recipient and the donor must complete NLDAC Application Worksheets and give to your transplant center professional who will file an application on behalf of the donor. Eligibility is based on yearly household incomes."

American Living Organ Donor Fund http://www.helplivingdonorssavelives.org/ "The need to support living organ donors is as great as the organ shortage itself."

American Transplant Foundation http://www.americantransplantfoundation.org/programs/pap/ "Our goal is to provide support so they won’t be in a financial trouble after giving the Gift of Life."

Some states also offer tax deductions or credits for travel expenses and time away from work: http://www.transplantliving.org/living-donation/financing-living-donation/legislation/

National Foundation for Transplants (NFT) is now also helping living donors overcome the financial disincentives to donation through our Raise Hope Fundraising Program. http://www.transplants.org/living-donor-fundraising

These organizations may provide financial assistance to transplant candidates or recipients and their families, and some to donors. This is a sample listing and should not be interpreted as a comprehensive list or an endorsement. Ask your transplant financial team for the latest information or help. http://www.transplantliving.org/before-the-transplant/financing-a-transplant/directory/

Hope this helps!
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Re: Compensation for travelling
« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2017, 06:19:03 PM »
Does your state or company offer Short Term Disability?  That is what I used for my wages...airplane  fees were my own.
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