Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Friday that in just one week, 6,326 New Yorkers have consented to enroll in the New York State Donate Life Registry via NY State of Health, New York’s official health plan marketplace, as of April 27.
Governor Cuomo announced this new registration option last week on Donate Life’s Blue & Green Day, aimed at increasing organ donor registration across the country.
“People across New York have answered the call and made the selfless decision to become organ donors,” Governor Cuomo said. “As National Donate Life Month comes to a close, I thank those who have signed up to potentially save lives and encourage those who have not yet done so to register today.”
Governor Cuomo signed legislation last year requiring NY State of Health to add the organ donation component to its health insurance application. Individuals 16 years of age or older who are completing an application, renewing a plan, or making a life status change are now asked if they would like to be added to the NYS Donate Life Registry.
According to the federal Organ Procurement and Transplant Network, nearly 10,000 New Yorker are included on a list of more than 118,000 people nationwide currently waiting for an organ transplant. On average, 22 people die each day in the United States from causes that could have been treated with a donated organ. In addition, tissue donated by one person can positively impact the lives of more than 50 other people.
- In addition to registering through NY State of Health, New Yorkers can now enroll in the NYS Donate Life Registry through the following:
- At the NYS Department of Health website– health.ny.gov
- When applying for or renewing their drivers’ license and at the NYS Department of Motor Vehicles website – dmv.ny.gov
- At the NYS Board of Elections website – elections.ny.gov
- When applying for a New York City Identification Card – nyc.gov