SB 2087

85(R) - 2017
Senate Business & Commerce
House Insurance
Senate Business & Commerce
House Insurance

Companion Bill

HB 3226

Vote Recommendation

  • Negative
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Negative
  • Neutral


Kelly Hancock


Larry Phillips

Bill Caption

Relating to the creation of a temporary health insurance risk pool.

Fiscal Notes

From the Legislative Budget Board: an impact of $0 through the biennium ending August 31, 2019. The bill would make no appropriation but could provide the legal basis for an appropriation of funds to implement the provisions of the bill.

Bill Analysis

SB 2087 would amend the Insurance Code to allow the Commissioner of Insurance to use dollars from the Healthy Texas Small Employer Premium Stabilization Fund to apply for federal funds and establish and administer a temporary health insurance risk pool to assist in the care of high risk, expensive patients and reduce premiums for health plan issuers.

Vote Recommendation Notes

This bill violates our free market and limited government principles by authorizing the creation of a new government administered insurance subsidy program. For these reasons we oppose SB 2087.

In addition, we would like to note that New Mexico is in the process of phasing out a similar program due to its unforeseen financial consequences. 

Organizations Supporting

Texas Association of Business
Texas Association of Health Plans