SB 1216

83(R) - 2013

Vote Recommendation

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Kevin Eltife

Bill Caption

Relating to the creation of a standard request form for prior authorization of health care services.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

Summary: SB 1216 would require the Texas Department of Insurance to create a form that health care providers would be required to provide to health benefit plan issuers who are seeking prior authorization for certain procedures, services or supplies. Currently providers each have their own prior authorization form. Supporters contend that it would be easier for health care professionals to deal with one standard form.

Analysis: SB 1216 would mandate to health benefit plan issuers what form they are allowed to use. We do not support government mandates on private businesses. We oppose this legislation.