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Last updated on February 6, 2017 by Thahab Hawsa. (Please consider sending us a contribution at our office address specifically to help cover the administrative costs of updating this database – click here)

Please note that the information given here is intended as a general guideline. Please look into the specifics in your state to determine definitely if you qualify for one of the benefits listed here.  Your living organ donor coordinator may be a good resource for such information.

Most benefits are available in the state where you live, but also check for potential benefits in the state where you are donating if you are donating outside the state where you live.

Please discuss with your organ recipient options that may be available through his or her insurance.  Some private insurance companies offer transplant recipients travel and lodging benefits but do not care if recipients use that benefit themselves, or for a companion caregiver, or a donor.

There is one Federal program that provides money for travel and subsistence living for donors whose recipients can demonstrate need, please go to http://www.livingdonorassistance.org for more details.

All Federal Employees are eligible to take up to 30 days a year of paid leave for donating organs or seven days of paid leave for donating bone marrow. 5 U.S.C. § 6327.

South Carolina state and local employees who accrue annual or sick leave as part of their employment are entitled to up to 30 days paid leave in a calendar year to donate an organ. S.C. Code § 8-11-65. Private employers who employ 20 or more employees must provide up to 40 hours of paid leave for bone marrow donation and may not retaliate against an employee for requesting organ donation leave. S.C. Code § 44-43-80. If you work for a local government, please ask your human resources official if a similar provision has been adopted at your level of government.

South Carolina has no tax deductions or tax credits for donation related expenses.

For statutory and legislative updates, see http://www.scstatehouse.gov/code/statmast.php.  For executive orders, see http://www.governor.sc.gov/ExecutiveOffice/Pages/ExecutiveOrders.aspx.

If you work for a private company, check with your employer to see if the benefit required for bone marrow donation could also be available for other forms of organ donation.

Check with the living organ donor coordinator and/or transplant social worker at the transplant center where you plan to donate for more information about local organizations that support living donors.

 

Private non-government groups

(Many of these groups are set up to help transplant recipients but will also help organ donors) 

The Transplant Center at the Medical University of South Carolina offers a number of transplant services. They extensive patient and family resources including support groups.

Hands on Health South Carolina is a website that has many links to websites providing information on organ donation and support groups in the state and nationwide.

The “Other Living Donor Support Organizations” button on the right hand side of our home page lists some national organizations that may be of assistance.