Hotline Video: Should Health Plans Have Sole Power to Set Out-Of-Network Rates?
By Brent Annear

This week’s Texas Medical Association Legislative Hotline video takes a first look at a new bill that could give health plans exclusive power to set rates they pay physicians – for out-of-network care.

Also, TMA President Doug Curran, MD, weighs in on a new study that puts a price tag on Texas’ high uninsured population (it’s a very big number).

This week, San Antonio pediatrician Uchenna Umeh, MD, told lawmakers why a new bill is needed to address children’s behavioral health. Dr. Umeh describes the tragic outcomes that happen without such preventive measures.

And see what you’ll be missing if you don’t attend TMA’s First Tuesdays at the Capitol next week.

Click below to see this week’s video. 

Also, make sure you receive TMA’s Legislative News Hotline each day, via Texas Medicine Today. Here’s how: Just log in to the Edit My Interests page on your TMA profile. Ensure you get all the legislative updates by selecting "Health care issues in the Texas Legislature" as one of your Grassroots and Advocacy interests, and TMA’s updates on the latest bills affecting medicine will arrive in your inbox as part of Texas Medicine Today at 2 pm each day lawmakers convene at the Capitol throughout Texas’ 86th legislative session.

Last Updated On

March 29, 2019

Originally Published On

March 01, 2019

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Brent Annear

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Brent Annear is TMA’s director of media relations and PR. He joined TMA in 2001 after working two decades in television news. Brent and his team share TMA’s mission and vision with the world through news releases, blog and social media posts, and videos. He is a University of Texas graduate who hails from Minnesota. Brent is married and has two stepsons. He enjoys photography, golf, travel, volunteering and woodworking projects, and he is a private pilot. 

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