Gov. John Bel Edwards has agreed to expand a law championed by beloved former New Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason that gives terminally-ill patients access to experimental treatments.
Governor John Bel Edwards agreed to expand a law championed by beloved former Saints player Steve Gleason that gives the terminally-ill access to experimental treatments.
Edwards, signed into law a bill broadening Louisiana's Right to Try Act to include robotic devices that help people unable to talk or write. Gleason, who has ALS and uses similar technology to speak, testified on behalf of the expansion.
The act, was originally passed in 2014, allows terminally-ill patients with permission from their doctors to use experimental drugs and treatment methods that aren't approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Insurers don't have to cover the costs.
The Governor's office announced Tuesday Edwards had signed the expansion proposal by Rep. Julie Stokes, a Kenner Republican.