HB 459

83(R) - 2013

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral


Ryan Guillen

Bill Caption

Relating to the creation of a navigator program as described by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

Summary: The federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) utilizes navigators to provide individuals with information on health insurance coverage found in health care exchanges. HB 459 would establish minimum standards for navigators operating within the state of Texas.

Analysis: HB 459 presents a conflict within our limited government liberty principle. On one hand it is good for limited government because it promotes federalism by regulating health insurance services at the state level. On the other hand the bill expands occupational licensing for the navigator profession and significantly limits advertising and free speech for navigators. Due to this conflict, TPPA will be neutral on HB 459.