A new law in New York state may lead residents to inadvertently sign up to be an organ or tissue donor.
The measure, signed into law on Wednesday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, will ask anyone signing up for coverage through the state’s health insurance exchange if they’d like to register to donate their organs in the event of death.
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Currently, only one in four eligible New Yorkers is registered, the second lowest participation rate in the nation. The law’s sponsor, Sen. Kemp Hannon, wants to boost that number to help the nearly 10,000 people in the state now on a waiting list.
The state already allows potential donors to sign up when getting a driver’s license or registering to vote.