The Texas Association of Health Underwriters has put out a press release on Business Wire to tell employers and individual consumers that state lawmakers have introduced an unusually large number of bills that would require health insurers to cover specific services or health conditions.
“What’s at stake now is the possibility that the Legislature could load up your plan with new costs by adopting one or several of the many ‘mandate’ health insurance bills that have been filed this session, without giving any serious consideration to the cost that these new mandates will add to the already high insurance premiums that the citizens of Texas are struggling to pay,” Mike Rivera, the president of TAHU, Houston, says in a statement in the press release.
The lawmakers who introduce the bills sincerely believe that the mandates are necessary, but a mandate “deserves serious scrutiny from a cost standpoint,” Rivera says in the statement.
“We sincerely hope the Legislature will take a long and careful look at every mandate bill that’s been proposed in this light,” Rivera says.
TAHU, a chapter of the National Association of Health Underwriters, Arlington, Va., represents about 2,000 health insurance agents and brokers.