Tuesday, March 31, 2009
According to the bill history, the Texas Senate passed SB 39 (pdf) last Monday. The bill would require insurance companies to cover routine medical care for insureds enrolled in clinical trials. Two companion bills (HB 390 and HB 2005) are pending in the Texas House. Supporters describe the bill as a "boon" for the state's bio-science industry, while opponents claim it could drive up health care costs for employers. The Austin Business Journal has more.