A bill proposed on Friday by Sen. James Skoufis would provide kidney donors should be provided with lifetime health care.

The move is meant to bolster health care for those who donate kidneys and aid the 8,000 people who are waiting for a transplant. Only 347 people have served as live kidney donors through the first 10 months of the year in New York.

“People are dying every day waiting for a kidney transplant, and New York’s waitlist for kidney donations is the third longest in the country,” Skoufis said.

“There is a disproportionately low number of people who are live kidney donors and overwhelming demand for donations in our state. Clearly, additional, reasonable incentives are required to encourage people to make such an altruistic sacrifice. People who are selfless enough to donate a kidney should be provided with the peace of mind that they will never have to worry about health insurance.”

The legislation would be funded through a newly created Kidney Donor Insurance Fund. The proposal has the backing of kidney donors-turned-advocates.

“Every living organ donor should receive the best health care money can buy,” said Josh Morrison, a donor and founder of the advocacy group Waitlist Zero.

“We as a society are obligated to do everything we can to ensure each donor’s amazing generosity does not leave them worse off. Great health care starts with great health insurance, and Senator Skoufis has taken an important step in honoring donors’ service by introducing this legislation. As a kidney donor, he and other legislators supporting this bill have my deepest gratitude.”