HB 1635

86(R) - 2019
House Insurance
House Insurance

Vote Recommendation

  • Negative
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Negative
  • Neutral


Rick Miller
Sarah Davis

Bill Caption

Relating to health benefit plan coverage for early childhood intervention services.

Fiscal Notes

Estimated Two-year Net Impact to General Revenue Related Funds for HB 1635, As Introduced: an impact of $0 through the biennium ending August 31, 2021.

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

HB 1635 would require private insurance providers to cover certain services for children with developmental disabilities under the Early Childhood Intervention program, such as speech therapy and specialized skills training among others.  The bill additionally provides for an annual coverage limit of $9,000, including case management costs for each child and requires the child to exhaust available coverage under statutory provisions relating to the coverage of certain therapies before receiving early childhood intervention benefits provided by the state.

Vote Recommendation Notes

Texas Action recommends opposing HB 1635 because it violates our limited government and free market principles. While early childhood intervention programs are important, this bill would create yet another health insurance mandate. We oppose new health insurance mandates which help to drive up the cost of health insurance.