House Bill 2256 Becomes Law

Gov. Rick Perry shakes hands with Rep. Kelly Hancock (R-North Richland Hills) after signing House Bill 2256 on July 10. The bill establishes a mediation process for patients to resolve disputes for out-of-network, facility-based physician claims for treatment at an in-network facility. It also requires the state insurance officials to adopt network adequacy standards to increase the likelihood that patients will receive services from participating physicians.

Pictured, left to right, are anesthesiologist Jaime Ronderos, MD; Representative Kelly Hancock; Governor Perry; Susan Young, Representative Hancock's district director; Michelle Apodaca, Texas Hospital Association; and Camille Carter, Representative Hancock's communications director.

Also in attendance are, Mia Garza, Representative Hancock's chief of staff; Robin Hancock, Representative Hancock's wife; Texas Society of Anesthesiologists President Jeffrey M. Jekot, MD; Jared Wolfe, Texas Association of Health Plans (TAHP); Pati McCandless, TAHP attorney; and TMA lobbyist Patricia Kolodzey.

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