Helping Texans prepare for end-of-life decisions is an important community service of Texas hospitals. Lack of objective public education about the laws and processes governing end-of-life choices and the importance of individuals making clear their own health care decisions result in public and legislative misperceptions. The Texas Hospital Association has produced a suite of products to help member hospitals understand and communicate on end-of-life issues.
In addition, THA tracks related legislation and regulatory activity to keep members informed.
SB 916 by Sen. Nathan Johnson (D-Dallas) - Relating to supportive palliative care.
SB 2089 by Sen. Bryan Hughes (R-Mineloa) – Relating to advance directives or health care or treatment decisions made by or on behalf of patients.
SB 2129 by Sen. Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe) – Relating to advance directives and health care and treatment decisions.
Texas Hospitals Oppose Senate Bill 11
House Committee Substitute for Senate Bill 11
Overview of Texas Advance Directives Law
Texas Health and Human Services Commission’s Palliative Care Resource
Texas Health and Human Services Commission Palliative Care Interdisciplinary Advisory Council
Put Your Wishes in Writing: Resources for Patients and Families – Includes helpful information and forms in both English and Spanish. Read more
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Carrie Kroll, vice president of advocacy, public health and quality, 512/465-1043
Cesar Lopez, J.D., associate general counsel, 512/465-1027
Sharon Beasley, legal manager, 512/465-1030
Letter of Opposition to Senate Bill 2089
Texas Patient Advocates Oppose SB 2089 and SB 2129
Advance Directives Overview
According to Texas Government Code 305.027, portions of this material may be considered “legislative advertising.” Authorization for its publication is made by John Hawkins, Texas Hospital Association, 1108 Lavaca, Suite 700, Austin, TX 78701-2180.