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March 12, 2020
Important transplant news for :  
"My apology for this being our 3rd E-News mailing to you  this month!"
"But these are strange times and I hope you and your family are staying safe with so many cancellations and cautions as the world tries to contain the Coronavirus (COVID-19) spread. 

"While children seem to be unaffected (something they are still trying to understand), it's a different story for the elderly and those of us who are immunosuppressed in a post-transplant life.  It is for that reason that we decided to share this third e-mail and promise to return to one-a-month mailing as things return to normal, but for now people are asking for more, not less."

"And thanks for so many who have responded with their appreciation for the shared information."
- Jim G
See articles below for . . .
> more Coronavirus information (as if you weren't getting enough already?)

> TRIO Public Policy call for immediate action on this World Kidney Day

> a scholarship opportunity with short March 31st deadline (just arrived)

TRIO urges everyone to be careful and offers concern and support for those affected by this virus . . .
TRIO president
(609) 877-4493

TRIO Public Policy committee invites your support!

Let's make sure Congress knows we're ready for a change!
With this being World Kidney Day, we're sending out information you can use to raise awareness for the lack of comprehensive immunosuppressive medication coverage for kidney transplant patients. Join us in encouraging your friends and family to take action for this important issue.
Did you know that Medicare will cover the cost of dialysis and a kidney transplant, but cut off a patient's anti-rejection medication coverage just three years after they get their transplant? We're working to change that - but we need your help! Ask your members of Congress to stand with kidney transplant patients and #HonorTheGift of kidney donation today - Support H.R. 5534 and S.3353 and extend Medicare's coverage of immunosuppressive medications for kidney transplant patients! ACT NOW!  

      With the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) continuing to rise across the country and the globe, kidney patients, transplant recipients, and living donors may be wondering what steps they can take to be prepared and to try to stay well. Explore Transplant has put together a list of resources that you can consult to prepare and stay up to date on the COVID-19 situation.
     If you have questions, you should reach out to your transplant or dialysis center. Also, many providers are offering virtual or telehealth check-ins to help limit unnecessary potential exposures, so be sure to ask about this option if you are considering a visit to your provider soon.
     Click below for a full listing of COVID-19 resources . . .
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This just came in: last minute scholarship opportunity
(application deadline March 31st):

Eligibility: Students who meet ALL of the following criteria are encouraged to apply.
* Be a solid organ transplant recipient
* Be a U.S. citizen
* Have a minimum cumulative GPA at least 2.5
* Planning to begin classes at an accredited technical, 2-year, or 4-year institutions in the United States in the upcoming 2020-2021 academic year.

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