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Texas Legislature May End Medical Futility Green Light in 2017

In the last legislative session, the Texas Legislature narrowed the dispute resolution provisions in the Texas Advance Directives Act.  This year, with S.B. 1213, the Legislature may narrow them even further.  

The bill by Bryan Hughes aims to make Texas into a “treat until transfer state.”  In other words, if there is a conflict over the appropriateness of life-sustaining treatment, the current facility must continue to provide the disputed treatment until the patient can be transferred.  Currently, the treating facility may stop after 10 days.

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