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Monday, January 26, 2015


As the increasing cost of health care for state employees and retirees — particularly hospitalizations and outpatient services — grabs state budget writers’ attention, TMA senior staff met with Ann Bishop, executive director of the Employees Retirement System of Texas (ERS), and members of her executive team to discuss potential issues for the legislative session. Ms. Bishop stated that physician services were not the driver of increased costs in ERS health care services. We also discussed the development of narrow networks for state workers and the need to hold UnitedHealthcare accountable for the adequacy of its network and for ensuring undue costs were not being placed on state employees. TMA will continue to work with ERS and other state agencies during the legislative process to ensure enrollees receive adequate coverage and access and that physicians are paid timely and appropriately for the services they deliver.

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