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Organ donors may be denied health insurance
Washington Post

Most people would agree that donating an organ to someone in need is a selfless act. There’s no medical upside in giving up one of your kidneys or part of your liver, lung or pancreas. It’s a risk people take so that someone else — often but not always a loved one in desperate need — may live a better, longer life. It’s said that no good deed goes unpunished, however, and living donors sometimes find themselves unable to find affordable — or any — health insurance after the fact. Insurers sometimes claim that the donation is equivalent to a preexisting medical condition and either reject an application outright or offer coverage with a very steep premium.