Texas women and infants stand to benefit the most from a new bill.

Texas bill SB 379 removes what has been called "the period tax". Ladies' menstrual products will no longer be taxed as of September 1st, it the recently passed bill is signed by Governor Abbott. Babies can also do that happy dance because diapers and baby wipes are also included.

The bill does contain many more items that will no longer be taxed, including adult diapers and insulin. and diabetic testing products. Those with hearing or sight issues will benefit as well. As a matter of fact, it looks like those of us who require prescription glasses will also benefit.

The bill also includes dental prosthetics. I'm not sure what all that entails, but I'm sure your dentist will know.

It does also look like some drugs will be exempt, and they put that in a most interesting way:

a drug or medicine that is required to be labeled
with a "Drug Facts" panel in accordance with regulations of the federal Food and Drug Administration, without regard to whether it is prescribed or dispensed by a licensed practitioner of the
healing arts

My guess is this is worded this way to weed out the more "holistic" type drugs that may or may not be helpful. To be extra kind, it's probably this way so that people don't ry to take advantage of the law by trying to sneak something in as a holistic drug if they were included.

All eyes will be on the Governor to see if he signs the bill. This feels like a very postive step forward for Texas.

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