Earlier this month the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced that it is seeking comments on future rulemaking to support the President’s executive orders to advance health equity and improve health outcomes for people in need of dialysis treatment and transplants. HHS Secretary, Xavier Becerra stated, “We want to hear from diverse stakeholders, especially the patients and their families. Your feedback is essential to our work in ensuring equal access to vital resources.”
HHS acknowledged that both Black and Latino individuals are more likely to have kidney failure than white individuals in the United States (almost 4 times and 1.3 times, respectively), and are less likely to be placed on the transplant list or receive a transplant. The department is looking for specific ideas on how to advance equity in the transplant system and ways to change health and safety standards in dialysis facilities, transplant programs, and organ procurement.