Governor Abbott Signs Legislation that Improves Access to Precision Testing for More Texans

The new law is aimed at improving health outcomes for Texans

June 5, 2023

AUSTIN, TX – June 2, 2023 – Gov. Greg Abbott signed legislation that will improve access to care for cancer patients and people with other conditions by expanding coverage for biomarker testing. Senate Bill 989 will enable more patients to benefit from biomarker testing, an essential step in accessing precision medicine treatments.  


“ACS CAN thanks Sen. Joan Huffman and Rep. Greg Bonnen for their leadership on biomarker testing legislation and Gov. Abbott for signing this important piece of legislation,” said James Gray, Texas government relations director for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN). “This legislation will help dismantle barriers and bring the promise of precision medicine to more cancer patients. This can provide many benefits to patients, including better outcomes, improved quality of life, and in some cases, reduced costs from bypassing ineffective therapies.” 


Dubbed ‘the right treatment at the right time,’ precision medicine has played a critical role in improving cancer outcomes. For example, patients with certain lung cancer types who received biomarker testing and targeted therapy had a 31% reduction in mortality. But to determine if a patient will benefit from certain targeted therapies, doctors must test for specific biomarkers – such as gene mutations – found in blood, tissues, or other biospecimens that provide insight into physiological processes, medical conditions, or diseases. 


For more information on precision medicine, cancer biomarkers, current barriers to biomarker testing, and ACS CAN’s policy recommendations, visit





The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) makes cancer a top priority for policymakers at every level of government. ACS CAN empowers volunteers across the country to make their voices heard to influence evidence-based public policy change that improves the lives of people with cancer and their families. We believe everyone should have a fair and just opportunity to prevent, find, treat, and survive cancer. Since 2001, as the American Cancer Society’s nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate, ACS CAN has successfully advocated for billions of dollars in cancer research funding, expanded access to quality affordable health care, and advanced proven tobacco control measures. We’re more determined than ever to stand together with our volunteers to end cancer as we know it, for everyone. Join the fight by visiting  




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