HB 170

83(R) - 2013

Vote Recommendation

  • Negative
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Negative
  • Neutral


Roberto Alonzo

Bill Caption

Relating to the coverage by certain health benefit plans of mammograms performed by certain health care providers.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated

Bill Analysis

Summary: HB 170 would require health insurers, including health maintenance organizations, covering low-dose mammogram to allow enrollees to choose a mammogram other than their primary care physician, and require insurance providers to pay. Current law already requires health benefit plans covering women over the age of 35 to cover low-dose mammograms certain rates, and requiring that these enrollees also be given their choice of mammogram provider  would add an additional requirement.

Analysis: HB 170 would add an additional layer of regulation on the health insurance market that inhibits free markets and expands the size and scope of government. Although the health insurance industry is already heavily regulated, health insurance providers should not be forced by government to comply with even more regulations telling them how to operate their businesses. Vote “no,” on HB 170.