Who pays for my travel expenses if I am a living organ donor?

The donor's medical expenses, including the costs of evaluation and hospitalization, are covered by the recipient's health insurer.

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has established a program providing financial assistance to organ donors called the National Living Donor Assistance Center (NLDAC). The program covers travel, lodging, meals, and incidental expenses incurred by the donor and/or their accompanying person(s) as part of:
  • Donor evaluation, clinic visit, or hospitalization,
  • Hospitalization for the living donor procedure, and/or
  • Medical or surgical follow-up clinic, visit, or hospitalization within 90 days following the living donation procedure.
The program will pay for a total of up to five trips, three for the donor and two for accompanying persons. The accompanying persons need not be the same each trip.

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