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This bill would allow patients with severe chronic illnesses (as designated by the executive commissioner of Health and Human Services) or terminal illness to have access investigational stem cell treatment with the recommendation of the patient's physician and written informed consent.
This bill would not create a new cause of action, and prohibits action against a physician's license based on their recommendation to a patient regarding investigational stem cell treatment. The bill would prohibit government interference with an eligible patient's access or use of investigational stem cell treatment. Lastly the bill would make it a criminal offense (Class A misdemeanor) to buy or sell adult stem cells for use in an investigational stem cell treatment. Exceptions to this section would include fees paid to physicians or other medical personnel for services rendered, reimbursement for legal or medical expenses incurred for the benefit of the receiver of the investigational stem cell treatment, and reimbursement for expenses of travel, housing, or lost wages incurred by the donor of adult stem cells in connection with their process of donation.