12 June 2017
After passing the Texas State House of Representatives and Senate unanimously in both cases, House Bill 810 was signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott at 3:49 p.m. on Monday, June 12th, 2017.
Named “Charlie’s Law,” after former Texas State Representative Charlie Howard, HB 810 will allow, for the first time ever in the United States — but only in Texas — the treatment of patients with expanded adult stem cells.
According to the Texas Legislature Online website:
“The bill would amend Health and Safety Code Chapter 1003 to require the Health and Human Services Commission to adopt rules designating medical conditions that are recognized to be a severe chronic disease or a terminal illness. The bill would allow patients with such medical conditions to access and use investigational stem cell treatment if certain requirements have been met.”
The new law will take effect on September 1st, 2017.