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House Committee on Insurance - 82nd R.S. (2011)

Committee Members
John Smithee, Chair
Craig Eiland, Vice Chair
Kelly Hancock
Barbara Nash
Kenneth Sheets
Larry Taylor
Raul Torres
Hubert Vo
Armando Walle
Charges
• Study whether Texas would benefit from allowing purchases of health insurance coverage across state lines. Examine the options available to facilitate such purchases, and include consideration of how to guarantee appropriate consumer protections.
• Examine the handling of third-party claims by automobile insurers. Consider whether any systemic claims-handling issues would be better addressed through new dispute resolution processes, case-by-case action by the Texas Department of Insurance, or a combination of both. Include in the review an analysis of practice in other states.
• Monitor implementation of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, including any changes that may result from ongoing litigation or legislative modification or repeal. (Joint with the House Committee on Public Health)
• Monitor the agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction, including the implementation of HB 3 (82-1) regarding the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association.
• Study and make recommendations for significantly improving the state's manufacturing capability.
• Find ways to increase transparency, accountability and efficiency in state government.
• Study the costs and benefits of mandates of coverage for health plans. Assess the impact to the state of current and future mandates in light of the provisions of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requiring states to assume the cost of certain mandates.

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