Coalition Letter Supporting SB 1581: HIMARC
Texas Needs Review Process for Health Insurance Mandates
Texas currently lacks a mandate review process to evaluate the full impact of health insurance mandates and regulations. This lack of information often leads directly to higher premiums for consumers and reduces the number of employers that provide coverage. Ultimately, this increases the number of Texans without coverage.
At least 29 other states have a process to review the effect of mandates on businesses and families, health care costs, and health needs. These reviews equip lawmakers with the information they need to make informed decisions.
We support SB 1581 to establish the Health Insurance Mandate Advisory & Review Collaborative (HIMARC). We urge you to support this bill to provide Texas lawmakers with an independent evaluation of proposed health insurance mandates and regulations and assess their impact on the health insurance market and affordability of coverage in the state.
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