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State Representative Jarvis Johnson (HD 139) has filed four bills that will raise awareness, create a grant program, and improve the lives of those living with sickle cell disease in Texas.
“Sickle Cell is too often a forgotten illness, that predominately affects Black and Hispanic communities. We must work to ensure those living with sickle cell are given the ability to live as pain-free as possible while they are in crisis. Awareness and research is incredibly important to continue to improve the lives of sickle cell patients. I filed these bills today with the intention of not only to bring solutions to Texans living with Sickle Cell Disease, but also to spark a conversation regarding this disease” Representative Johnson stated.
First, HB 2576 if passed will create an exemption for sickle cell patients as it pertains to prescribing and dispensing opioids. This exemption expands the current statutes that exist for cancer and hospice patients.
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