TAHP Comments on Ambulance and ERISA Opt in Surprise Billing Rules (HB 1592 & SB 2476)
As the statewide trade association representing health insurers, HMOs, Medicaid managed care, and other health plans that serve over 20 million Texans, the Texas Association of Health Plans (TAHP) is committed to ensuring that Texas families and employers have access to affordable, comprehensive, and high-quality coverage. This coverage includes safeguarding Texas patients from unexpected medical bills from out-of-network providers. Texas continues to lead the nation in patient protections with the passage of HB 1592, allowing ERISA plans to opt into state surprise billing protections, and SB 2476, which sets forth protections for patients against surprise billing from EMS providers. However, as these are new and untested policies, it’s crucial for the agency to thoughtfully determine the most effective way to implement these new requirements. With this in mind, we offer the following suggestions.
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