Written Testimony Opposing HB 625: PT Copay Parity Mandate
The Texas Association of Health Plans (TAHP) opposes HB 625 as the mandate is proven to increase primary care copays and inappropriately interferes in private market benefit design.
Health insurers are increasingly and voluntarily designing coverage that incentivizes patients to seek low cost primary care services. This is accomplished largely through reducing copayments for primary care both for in-person and telehealth options. While TAHP respects the effort to reduce barriers to physical therapy services, we recommend against this approach which threatens access to primary care.
If the Legislature passes this bill, it will increase primary care copays. We know this from research in other states that have required this mandate.
Read the full written testimony.