Law:Title 8. Health Insurance And Other Health Coverages. Subtitle H. Health Benefits And Other Coverages For Governmental Employees (Texas)

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Subtitle H. Health Benefits And Other Coverages For Governmental Employees

Contents

Chapter 1550. Certain Requirements For Insurers Contracting With Governmental Entities

Subchapter B. Certain Contracts

WITH MUNICIPALITIES


Section 1550.051.  Definition Of Insurer.

In this subchapter, "insurer" means:

(1)  an insurance company, including a company providing stop-loss or excess loss insurance;

(2)  a health maintenance organization operating under Section 1367.053, Subchapter A, Chapter 1452, Subchapter B, Chapter 1507, Chapter 222, 251, or 258, as applicable to a health maintenance organization, Chapter 843, Chapter 1271, and Chapter 1272;

(3)  an approved nonprofit health corporation that holds a certificate of authority issued under Chapter 844; or

(4)  a third-party administrator that holds a certificate of authority under Chapter 4151.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 730, Sec. 1G.002, eff. April 1, 2009.



Section 1550.052.  Bid Requirements.

(a) Except as provided by Section 1550.054, an insurer that bids on a contract subject to the competitive bidding and competitive proposal requirements adopted under Section 252.021, Local Government Code, may not submit a bid for a contract to provide stop-loss or other insurance coverage that is subject to any qualification imposed by the insurer that permits the insurer to modify or limit the terms of insurance coverage to be provided after the contract has been made.

(b)  An insurer's bid submitted under Section 252.021, Local Government Code, must contain the insurer's entire offer.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 730, Sec. 1G.002, eff. April 1, 2009.



Section 1550.053.  Certain Exclusions And Increased Deductibles Prohibited.

Except as provided by Section 1550.054, an insurer that provides stop-loss or other insurance coverage for health benefits under a contract subject to this subchapter may not, based on an individual's prior medical history:

(1)  exclude from coverage an individual who is otherwise eligible for the health benefits coverage; or

(2)  assign a higher deductible to the individual.

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 730, Sec. 1G.002, eff. April 1, 2009.



Section 1550.054.  Exception For Written Waiver. By Exe

cuting a written waiver in favor of the insurer, a municipality as defined by Section 1.005, Local Government Code, may waive a requirement of Section 1550.052 or 1550.053(2).

Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 730, Sec. 1G.002, eff. April 1, 2009.


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