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Relating to recovery of medical or health care expenses in civil actions.
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
In a civil action where medical or health care expenses are actually paid by the claimant or certain plans and public health providers, SB 207 would allow a party to introduce into evidence only the amounts actually paid to the medical or health care provider for services that led to the injury or death which is the subject of this action. In any other kind of civil action, a party would be allowed to introduce evidence that has a tendency to prove the fair and reasonable value of the necessary medical or health care services to the person whose injury or death is the subject of the action.
SB 207 would allow in a civil action, a party to introduce into evidence, the amounts paid to a medical or health care provider for services provided by cafeteria plan or health savings account or by any person to satisfy a copayment or deductible.
In a civil action where a claimant seeks recovery of medical or health care expenses, the claimant would be required to disclose to all parties any formal or informal agreement under which the medical or health care provider who provided the services may refund, rebate, or remit any amount of money or give anything of value to the claimant or anyone associated with the claimant.
The guidance provided by SB 207 for relevant civil actions does not appear to have a net affect on our liberty principles, therefore Texas Action remains neutral on SB 207.