Eligibility Guidelines

Who can receive assistance?

Prospective living organ donors may be eligible for financial assistance from NLDAC to defray their travel costs. The organ to be donated may be a kidney, or a portion of a liver, lung, intestine, or uterus. There is no direct assistance for organ recipients through this program.

The donor and the recipient must both be U.S. citizens or lawfully admitted residents, and have their primary residence in the U.S. or its territories.

All applications must be approved and funded before surgery.
How is eligibility determined?

Eligibility is determined by the recipient’s household income. The recipient’s yearly household income should not be more than 300% of the current Federal Poverty Guidelines (see below). If the recipient’s household income is higher, but they would have trouble paying for their donor’s travel, they must submit a request for a financial hardship waiver with their application.
# of people in household 48 contiguous states & DC Alaska Hawaii
1 $38,280 $47,850 $44,040
2 $51,720 $64,650 $59,490
3 $65,160 $81,450 $74,940
4 $78,600 $98,250 $90,390
5 $92,040 $115,050 $105,840
6 $105,480 $131,850 $121,290
7 $118,920 $148,650 $136,740
8 $132,360 $165,450 $152,190
The Federal Poverty Guidelines are updated yearly, and can be consulted here.
Who may not be eligible?

The Organ Donation and Recovery Improvement Act requires that NLDAC be the payer of last resort. This means we can only provide funds to donors whose expenses cannot be reimbursed by their recipient, an insurance company, or a state program.
  • Reimbursement by the recipient: The National Organ Transplant Act allows organ recipients to pay for their living donors’ travel and housing in connection with the donation.
  • Reimbursement by an insurance company: Insurance companies may provide a travel benefit for their clients’ living donors. Recipients should check with their insurance company before submitting a NLDAC application.
  • Reimbursement by a state program: Donors and recipients who live in Iowa may be eligible for reimbursement through the Anatomical Gift Public Awareness and Transplantation Fund. NLDAC cannot accept applications from Iowa residents due to the existence of this alternative reimbursement system.
Are non-directed donors eligible?

Non-directed donors can apply for assistance with the help of their transplant center staff once a recipient is determined. Eligibility depends on the recipient’s household income.
NLDAC’s eligibility guidelines, which were established by the Health Resources and Services Administration and published in the Federal Register, can be consulted here.

Learn what you need to know before applying for NLDAC assistance by reading our Program Snapshot.

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