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Monday, May 11, 2009

PATIENTS' RIGHT TO KNOW BILLS MOVING THROUGH THE LEGISLATURE

Four key pieces of our Patients’ Right to Know health insurance reform package won approval from the Texas Senate. Our Health Insurance Code of Conduct Act of 2009 (PDF) — Senate Bill 1257 by Sen. Kip Averitt (R-Waco) — provides important patient protections and is drawing the wrath of the health plan lobby. Rep. Craig Eiland (D-Galveston) is likely to try to get the bill out of the House Insurance Committee this week. Other bills winning Senate approval include:
  • Our health insurance facts label legislation — SB 815 by Sen. Kirk Watson (D-Austin);
    SB 485 by Sen. Robert Deuell, MD (R-Greenville), which sets a standard definition for “medical loss ratios”; and
  • SB 206 by Sen. Eliot Shapleigh (D-El Paso), which requires health plans to report to the Department of Insurance details on the cancellation and rescission rates of their products.

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