85(R) - 2017
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.
From the Legislative Budget Board: no significant fiscal implication to the state is anticipated.
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.
National Federation of Independent Business
Texas Association of Business
Texas Association of Health Plans
Texas Association of Life and Health Insurers