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Fri, October 4, 19

TAHP CEO Publishes New Op-ed in the Austin American-Statesman

State and national legislators recently turned their attention to an issue that truly needs it: surprise medical billing. Insurers, physicians, and politicians agree we must protect patients from surprise billing in situations where they receive care from a provider they did not specifically choose, such as when they are treated by an out-of-network ER doctor during an emergency.

Fri, September 13, 19

TAHP CEO Publishes New Op-Ed in Houston Chronicle

Surprise medical bills are a major problem nationally, and almost everyone agrees patients must be protected from receiving them. Surprise billing typically occurs in situations where patients receive care from a provider they did not specifically choose, such as when they are treated by an out-of-network ER doctor during an emergency. After treatment, the provider sends a bill to the patient’s insurer, which pays what it determines is appropriate based on market rates. Once the provider receives payment from the insurer, they may send a bill for the remaining balance to the patient. This final bill is called a surprise bill and can saddle patients with unexpected medical bills for thousands or tens of thousands of dollars.

Tue, June 4, 19

New Law Protects Texas Consumers from Having Credit Damaged by Surprise Medical Bills

AUSTIN – Consumer credit reporting agencies are now prohibited from including medical debt collection accounts in consumer reports thanks to Senate Bill 1037 by Sen. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, and Rep. Eddie Lucio III, D-Brownsville, which was signed Friday by Gov. Greg Abbott. The law takes effect immediately and represents a major step in protecting consumers from the long-lasting damage that can result from surprise billing in Texas, where patients are at an uncommonly high risk of receiving expensive surprise bills.

Fri, May 24, 19

Texas Legislature Passes Prescription Drug Price Transparency Bill

AUSTIN—The Texas Legislature acted today to keep prescription drug costs down by passing HB 2536 by Rep. Tom Oliverson, R-Cypress, which requires drug pricing transparency by drug manufacturers, health plans and pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs).

Wed, March 21, 18

TribTalk: Medicaid Managed Care is Still the Right Choice for Texas

Too often, government programs make headlines due to inefficiencies and cost overruns. But what if the state could adopt a program with a decades-long track record of containing health care cost growth to rates four times lower than national averages, while improving clients’ quality of care? While that may sound too good to be true, Texas was one of the first states to embrace this initiative, known as Medicaid managed care.

Fri, March 2, 18

Valley Central: Insurance Company Works with McAllen School to Accommodate Student

Jordan is now a senior at McAllen High School, but has come across some challenges getting to class, as he is also a member of his school’s band.

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