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Monday, June 3, 2013

GOVERNOR SIGNS "SILENT PPO" BILL

Governor Perry signed into law our legislation to rein in companies that sell, lease, or share physician-contracted discounts without your knowledge or consent. These “silent PPO” practices mislead patients and cause needless, costly hassles for physicians who fall victim to them. The legislation, Senate Bill 822 by Sen. Charles Schwertner, MD, and Rep. Craig Eiland, was TMA’s No. 1 priority this session for establishing fair and transparent insurance markets for patients, employers, and physicians. The new law takes effect Sept. 1.

The legislature is in special session. For now, lawmakers are dealing only with redistricting, but TMA is monitoring the session closely in case the governor directs them to take up issues that concern physicians and patients.

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