for some of you, this is just FYI to share with others. Good news for Texans
and for the rest of the world :) Good stuff gotta start somewhere! Spread
Pat / alley
Sent: Sunday, June 03, 2001 9:52 AM
Subject: Texas HCV Bills Passed
> Dear Friends, we did it again! I know you have been waiting to see what
> Texas was going to do after Bill 1652 and now that session has closed we
> think we made even more strides in combating HCV in our state.
> All of you will be hearing about Texas Bill 338. We are very proud of
> bill, it expands on all the points of Bill 1652, but adds the issue of
> treatment. There will be pilot program set up to start treating, small
> numbers, while preparing for statewide treatment programs in 2003. We are
> very excited over this bill. The commitment from both House and Senate
> outstanding and the bill is front of the Governor.
> Several "housekeeping" bills were necessary to get education about HCV
> expanded and all of these you could be working on in your state now. Bill
> 767 will require substance abuse counselors to take 2 hour training on HCV
> over two years, Bill 768 will create an intergovernmental agency alliance
> with all state agencies to address HCV as well as HIV...that will include
> Education, Tx. Mental Health, etc..
> Also sent to the Governor is Bill 2650, which requires nurses to have 2
> training on HCV over two year period...
> Harm Reduction did have support for the first time in Texas in the House.
> came out of committee, headed to the house floor and looked good, but was
> delayed so it would not have enough time to go to senate. Rep. Maxey,
> to the floor, thanked everyone who supported HB 288, and told members he
> would be back with it next session, with the intention to pass it! YES!
> really do think we have that momentum and will be working over the next
> years on this issue.
> We know we have from 300,000 to 500,000 persons in Texas with HCV, we
> estimate at least 200,000 need treatment now. We are facing a monumental
> problem and we have taken action. Please, let's go to work in your
> We are now screening, counseling, we will start treating the general
> we are educating on public and professional levels, Tx Dept. of Health is
> doing an outstanding job with PSAs, news releases, web site, 800 number
> the word is spreading in Texas about this virus. We are also working with
> new Prison Medical Director that is just great! We are treating in the
> prisons, the CDC is coming in to look at what we have done in our system
> a report to the National Prison Coalition will be forthcoming. We must
> the same effort in every state and at the federal level to get any more
> You can go to www.capitol.state.tx.us, on menu ask for Texas Legislation
> Online, on Bill search area ask for bill numbers I have given you and you
> will be able to call up the bill...when you do get to the bill, ask for
> History and it will detail it for you.
> Any questions, please ask. And to every person out there that lent
> testimony, letters, phone calls we thank you. To Sam, Patti, Richard, a
> special thank you from all of us in East Texas. We really do have heroes
> Austin, Rep. Glen Maxey, Rep. Jamie Capelo, Senator Madla and many more.
> Sharon Phillips
> Hep C Advocate Network, Inc. (HepCAN)
> 1400 H. G. Mosley # 911 75604
> P. O. Box 3003, 75606
> Longview, Texas
> (903) 238-9273 Fax: (903) 757-8618