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Senate GOP leaders join coalition disputing organ allocation policy change
Modern Healthcare

Three Senate Republican leaders on Tuesday joined their peers to dispute a major rule change in U.S. policy for organ distribution gained a swath of powerful allies.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky), Senate Finance Committee Chair Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Senate Appropriations Chair Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) joined 19 of their GOP colleagues to press HHS Secretary Alex Azar on the department’s influence in ending the geography-based system for distributing organs for transplant. The new policy, not yet in effect, puts the priority for transplant on the sickest patients first.