HB 1832

86(R) - 2019
House Insurance
House Insurance

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral


Julie Johnson
Stan Lambert
Tom Oliverson

Bill Caption

Relating to prohibited practices relating to health benefit plan coverage for emergency care.

Fiscal Notes

The fiscal implications of the bill cannot be determined at this time.

Bill Analysis

HB 1832 would amend the Insurance Code to define what is an unfair method of competition when it relates to health benefit plan coverage for an emergency care claim. This would be dependent on a utilization review and determination of the patient's need for emergency care.

Vote Recommendation Notes

Texas Action remains neutral on HB 1832. Health insurance does not operate in a free market environment and insurers have significant artificial advantages over providers and consumers - advantages which would not exist if health insurance and health care operated in a free market environment. To the extent that insurers use this government-created artificial marketplace advantage to abuse providers and consumers, some state intervention may be warranted in an attempt to restore balance.

Organizations Supporting

Houston Methodist Hospital System

Organizations Opposed

Texas Association of Health Plans