Organ Transplant Services (OTS) develops health policies regarding organ transplant issues; serves as a liaison to donation agencies; and administers the Organ Transplant Fund, which receives contributions through Massachusetts Income Tax Returns. The Organ Transplant Fund was established to assist residents of the Commonwealth with the costs of medically approved transplants. Organ transplants to be covered include: heart, lung, liver, heart-lung, kidney, pancreas and bone-marrow. Patients assisted by the Fund must be Massachusetts residents with a functioning transplant and must not be eligible for other forms of assistance. All contributions received by the Fund assist patients with the cost of medications without which they might lose their transplanted organs. When appropriate the Fund also assumes the cost of insurance premiums providing medication coverage. In keeping with its health policy responsibilities, OTS also works closely with the Determination of Need Program in monitoring compliance on conditions of approval of transplantation programs in the Commonwealth.
Lea Susan Ojamaa, MPH
Director, Division of Prevention and Wellness
Massachusetts Department of Public Health
250 Washington Street, 4th Floor
Boston, MA 02108
Phone (617) 994-9843 Fax (617) 624-5075