HB 1635

85(R) - 2017
House Insurance
House Insurance

Companion Bill

SB 1406

Vote Recommendation

  • Positive
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Positive
  • Neutral


John Smithee

Bill Caption

Relating to the authority of the commissioner of insurance to request a state innovation waiver for certain small group health benefit plans of certain federal actuarial value and level of coverage requirements.

Fiscal Notes

From the Legislative Budget Board: no significant fiscal implication to the state is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

HB 1635 would amend the Insurance Code to allow the Insurance Commissioner to apply to and negotiate with the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services to obtain a state innovation waiver for federal actuarial value and health plan coverage requirements on small employer health benefit plans.

Vote Recommendation Notes

This bill enhances our free market and limited government principles by taking a measure to decrease the burden of federal regulations on private small group health plans. It is not the role of government to regulate coverage offered by private insurers, therefore we support HB 1635.

Organizations Supporting

National Federation of Independent Business
Texas Association of Business
Texas Association of Health Plans
Texas Association of Life and Health Insurers