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Monday, April 27, 2009

HEALTH INSURANCE REFORM BILLS GET SENATE COMMITTEE APPROVAL

Three key pieces of our Patients’ Right to Know health insurance reform package won approval from the Senate State Affairs Committee. Special thanks to Dallas orthopedic surgeon John Gill, MD, and Austin ophthalmologist Dawn Buckingham, MD, for testifying before that committee last week. The three bills that now go to the full Senate are:
  • Our Health Insurance Code of Conduct Act of 2007 (PDF), Senate Bill 1257 by Sen. Kip Averitt (R-Waco), which covers insurance cancellations, physician ratings, and more;
  • Our Health Insurance Label Bill, SB 815 by Sen. Kirk Watson (D-Austin), which would establish standardized marketing materials for all health insurance plans; and
  • Our Truth in Medical Loss Ratio Bill, SB 485 by Sen. Bob Deuell, MD (R-Greenville), which provides a standardized definition of the “medical loss ratio” and specifies exactly what insurers can include as a medical cost vs. administrative cost.

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