Prohibits taking organ donor and recipient COVID-19 vaccination status into consideration during organ transplant process, excluding lung transplants

State: MO
Bill Number: HB 2331
Position: SUPPORT
Action Required: None
Status: Enacted, signed by Governor 6/30/2022, effective 8/28/2022

Legislation Details:

UPDATE: 6/30/2022 - HB 2331 signed by the Governor. The bill will go into effect on 8/28/2022.

UPDATE: 5/18/2022 - HB 2331 delivered to Governor. The final version of the bill prohibits considering the COVID-19 vaccination status of organ transplant donors and recipients during the lung transplant process, excluding lung transplants. 

You can call Governor Parson's office to ask him to sign HB 2331 at 573-751-3222, or you may email him here.

UPDATE: 5/13/2022 - HB 2331 truly agreed to by both chambers after the House adopted the Senate substitute.

UPDATE: 5/12/2022 - HB 2331 passed the Senate with a substitute and was referred to the House Fiscal Review Committee. The current version of the bill excludes lung transplants from the vaccine provisions.

Because of this amendment, NVIC Advocacy has changed the title of this bill from "Prohibits discrimination based on COVID-19 vaccination status in organ transplants and donors" to "Prohibits discrimination based on COVID-19 vaccination status in organ transplants and donors, excluding lung transplants "

If the bill goes to conference committee, NVIC Advocacy recommends that the lung transplant exclusion be removed from the bill. 

UPDATE: 5/2/2022 - HB 2331 passed  the Senate Professional Registration Committee with a substitute which does not affect NVIC's position on the bill. 

UPDATE:  4/23/2022 - HB 2331 scheduled for hearing in the Senate Professional Registration Committee on Monday, April 25th at 2:00 PM in the Senate Lounge. Agenda -

HB 2331 was amended and passed the House on 4/14/2022.  The bill was referred to the Senate Professional Registration Committee on 4/21/2022.  This bill is sponsored by Rep. Baker.  As introduced this bill only dealt with frozen dessert licensure and perinatal substance abuse.  Several amendments were adopted in the House.  NVIC Advocacy supports the following addition, but does not take a position on the rest of the bill:

194.321. 1. For purposes of this section, the following terms mean:

(1) "COVID-19 vaccination status", an indication of whether a person has received a vaccination against C OVID-19;

(2) "Hospital", the same meaning given to the term in section 197.020;

(3) "Procurement organization", the same meaning given to the term in section 194.210.

2. No hospital, physician, procurement organization, or other person shall consider the COVID-19 vaccination status of a potential organ transplant recipient or potential organ donor in any part of the organ transplant process including, but not limited to:

(1) The referral of a patient to be considered for a transplant;

(2) The evaluation of a patient for a transplant;

(3) The consideration of a patient for placement on a waiting list;

(4) A patient's particular position on a waiting list; and

(5) The evaluation of a potential donor to determine his or her suitability as an organ donor.

 - text, status and history for HB 2331