Legislative Alert - Friday, April 28th, 2017: Hospital's Drug Policy Prevents Lung Transplant

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Legislative Alert - Friday, April 28th, 2017: Hospital's Drug Policy Prevents Lung Transplant

Screening News

  • Young Man Dies After Transplant Fight
  • States Considering Drug Testing for Benefits
  • Form I-9 Glitch


Young Man Dies After Transplant Fight

A young Utah man who fought to get a lung transplant despite an initial transplant denial has passed away. Riley Hancey was denied the transplant after testing positive for marijuana. A spokesperson for the University of Utah Hospital would not comment on the case specifically but told CBS News, “Generally speaking, we do not transplant organs in patients with active alcohol, tobacco or illicit drug dependencies or abuse until these issues are addressed, as these substances are contraindicated for a transplant.” Hancey’s parents said their son smoked pot right before being admitted to the hospital, but had been otherwise drug free for a year. On March 29th, doctors at the University of Pennsylvania did give Hancey two new lungs. Unfortunately, Riley took a turn for the worse after the surgery and passed away last Saturday.  


States Considering Drug Testing for Benefits

Lawmakers in Maine are looking for ways to cut down on welfare fraud, and one of their ideas is to require some recipients to take drug tests. According to the bill, only those suspected of drug use or those who have been convicted of drug felonies will be required to take a test before receiving benefits. As that bill works its way through the Maine legislature, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is looking to impose drug screening as a condition for food stamps and unemployment benefits. Screening is already in place for Medicaid recipients in that state, but it mainly consists of a written questionnaire. If those answers suggest drug use, actual testing could be ordered.


Form I-9 Glitch

Employers who used the new Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification between November 14 -17, 2016 need to do a quick review to make sure their employee’s Social Security Numbers (SSNs) appear correctly. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced there was a glitch in the form that transposed the SSNs when the forms were filled out on a computer and then printed out. If you find that some of your employees have been affected, you are asked to have them cross out the mistake, enter the correct number, then initial and date the change. The employer should also include a written explanation for correction in case they ever face an audit. USCIS fixed the problem as soon as they were made aware of it, so forms after November 17, 2016 are not affected.


Employers: Learn your options when it comes to drug testing. Read our Substance Abuse Testing guide. 


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