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March 24, 2022 | Press Releases

Rep. Greg Steube Introduces Legislation to Prohibit Organ Transplant Discrimination Based on COVID-19 Vaccination Status

WASHINGTON— U.S. Representative Greg Steube (R-Fla.) today introduced the Maintaining Objectionable Orders Narrows the Sick’s Hope for Organ Transplants Act of 2022, or “The MOONSHOT Act.” The legislation prohibits organ transplant waiting lists from discriminating against individuals based on whether an individual has been vaccinated for COVID-19.

“There have been several heart-breaking incidents reported in which patients were denied a much-needed organ transplant or removed from the transplant waiting list entirely due to their COVID-19 vaccination status. This can oftentimes have a life or death impact,” said Congressman Steube. “My legislation would stop hospitals from enforcing their overreaching and life-threatening policies that discriminate against those on the organ transplant waiting list based on their vaccine status. Vaccination should be a decision that patients make with their doctors and those in need of an organ transplant are no exception.”

The MOONSHOT Act would keep hospitals from removing individuals from the organ transplant waiting list, altering an individual’s status on the list, or refusing to add individuals to the list due to their COVID-19 vaccination status.