AUSTIN, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – Governor Greg Abbott has signed into law House Bill 810, a bill aimed at giving terminally ill patients access to a greater range of treatment.
House Bill 810 allows doctors to prescribe adult stem cell treatments to patients with severe chronic diseases and terminally ill patients.
The bill was passed unanimously in both the Texas House and Texas Senate during the 85th Legislative Session before being signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott.
During the committee hearing for HB 810, members heard from two multiple sclerosis patients, Tracy and Jennifer. Tracy has been battling the disease for 18 years. Jennifer has been battling it for 13. A group of Senators and Representatives, including Chair Tan Parker, shared stories of their spouses’ battles with chronic illness. Those who spoke during the hearing spoke not only of their battles with illness, but also of the hope these adult stem cell treatments could provide.
HB 810 continues the work started with the Andrea Sloan “Right to Try” legislation. “Right to Try” allows terminally ill patients faster access to safe but experimental drugs.
Pending the outcome of the looming special legislative session in July, the Texas Medical Board will be responsible for writing the rules about adult stem cell treatments in Texas.
The legislation takes effect September 1, 2017.