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Senators want to intervene in organ allocation policy
Modern Healthcare

Two senators are eying Congress’ appropriations authority to influence a contentious debate over a change to national organ distribution policy.

The issue was raised Thursday in a Senate health appropriations panel hearing with HHS Secretary Alex Azar. Panel Chair Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) are trying to intervene against a sweeping new policy that changes the geography-based system of liver allocation to one that prioritizes the sickest patients.