The Organ Transplant Fund was established to assist Massachusetts residents with the uninsured cost of their medically approved transplants and related expenses. The Organ Transplant Fund consists of donations made by taxpayers on their State Income Tax Returns or directly to the Fund. Residents of the state are eligible for assistance with expenses not covered by insurance if they have received a functioning organ and have an Adjusted Gross Income of 300% of the Federal Poverty Level or below.

The Organ Transplant Fund may be used for any medical, rehabilitation or other costs deemed necessary to maintaining the transplant recipient health and allograft function. Use of the funds for recipients include, but are not limited to, reimbursement of out-of-pocket costs or partial costs of: transplant related drugs, health insurance premiums, medical co-pays, and transportation to medical and post-operative appointments. The Fund shall not pay for items covered by government programs (such as ESRD Program or Medicare) or by your public or private insurance.

The Fund seeks appropriate applicants through indirect publicity and primarily through transplant social workers at transplant hospitals. Applications can be obtained through the social worker where transplants are performed or through the contact listed below. The application is used to determine medical and financial eligibility and the completed application form must be submitted along with a signed letter from the established transplant center, or current physician overseeing direct care related to the transplant, providing diagnosis, patient status and patient’s current level of activity; and a copy of most recent Massachusetts and Federal Income Tax Returns and Schedule HC (health insurance verification form).

The fund is a great help to residents of the Commonwealth. If you are interested in contributing to the fund, there are several ways to do so. First, you may make a contribution on the Massachusetts Income Tax Return forms when you file each year. The amount you contribute may be part of a refund or in addition to the taxes you are paying. Second, you may contribute with a check made payable to the Massachusetts Organ Transplant Fund and sent to the contact below.

For information regarding the Organ Transplant Fund, please contact:

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

This information is provided by the Organ Transplant Fund program within the Department of Public Health.