End of Life Issues

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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.

See THA’s SB-11 – Inpatient DNAR Orders Web page for additional information on a 2018 state law governing in-hospital do-not-attempt-resuscitation orders.

Legislation

2021 Legislative Session
Support 
SB 1944/HB 3099 by Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr. (D-Brownsville)/Rep. Garnet Coleman (D-Houston) – Relating to end-of-life issues and hospice care.

HB 2943 by Rep. James Frank (R-Wichita Falls) – Relating to revocation of do-not-resuscitate orders for patients admitted to a health care facility or hospital.

Oppose
SB 917/HB 2609 by Sen. Bryan Hughes (R-Mineloa)/Rep. Tan Parker (R-Flower Mound) – Relating to advance directives or health care or treatment decisions made by or on behalf of patients.

2019 Legislative Session
Support:
SB 916 by Sen. Nathan Johnson (D-Dallas) – Relating to supportive palliative care.

Oppose:
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.

2017 Special Session
Oppose:
SB 11 by Sen. Charles Perry (R-Lubbock) – Relating to general procedures and requirements for certain do-not-resuscitate orders; creating a criminal offense.

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