Capitol Hill (AP) -- The House has unanimously passed a bill to clear away legal doubts about so-called "paired" kidney donations.
The bill says "paired" kidney donations do not violate laws against trading organs for compensation. The senate is also expected to soon pass the bill.
"Paired" donations are a way for people needing a kidney, but without a compatible relative, to connect with other families in the same dilemma. If compatible, a relative from each family donates to the other.
Such pairings have been limited by legal questions. Some hospitals refused to take part.
Supporters of the bill say it would save almost $500 million in Medicare costs over ten years because transplant recipients would no longer need dialysis.
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