Hearing on Surprise Medical Bills May 4

Stacey Pogue

On May 4 at 9 a.m. the Senate Business and Commerce Committee will hold an interim hearing to monitor implementation of SB 481 from the 2015 session intended to help protect consumers from surprise medical bills. SB 481 was an important step in the right direction, allowing more Texas consumers to challenge surprise medical bills. […]

Misguided Priorities

With four days left in the Texas legislative session, I recall my fervent hope back in January – that lawmakers would put aside their differences and focus on what all Texans believe in. We all want Texas to be the best state for hard-working people and their families. We all want a future for our […]

Limiting Surprise Medical Bills

CPPP's Stacey Pogue

No one likes an unexpected bill, but Texans are fed up with the surprise bills they receive after ER visits, even when they go to hospitals in their insurance network. This session the Legislature is listening to them. Michael Fryar from Grapevine went to an in-network ER for appendicitis, and later got a surprise bill […]

New Report Shows Surprise Medical Bills Taking Toll on Texans

CPPP's Stacey Pogue

Most of us will end up in an emergency room at some point.  And when we do, we’ll probably have no choice which physicians treat us and no ability to ensure they are part of our insurance company’s network of preferred providers. As Texas consumers, we may reasonably expect that if treated in an in-network […]

Consumers Need Strong Protections Against Balance Billing

CPPP's Stacey Pogue

This week, NBC 5 in Dallas/Fort Worth did a two-part investigative story on a Texas family’s repeated trouble with balance billing.  Melinda Allen went to the emergency room of a Fort Worth hospital with what she thought was appendicitis.  She was diagnosed with a large ovarian tumor that was removed two days later.  She went […]

Consumers Need Strong Insurance Laws To Protect Them From Balance Billing

CPPP's Stacey Pogue

A couple of bills filed this session address “balance billing” in health insurance.  HB 3270 by Rep. Smithee puts into state law important new consumer protections against balance billing first adopted by the Texas Department of Insurance through agency rules in February.  As filed, SB 1197 by Sen. Taylor will strip some of those same […]