Testimony: Interim Charge 4 - Healthy Texas

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Stacey Pogue /(512) 320-0222 x 117

October 28, 2010

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We appreciate this opportunity to comment on the Committee on Insurance’s Interim Charge 4 related to implementation of the Healthy Texas program. As health insurance premium increases outpace small employers’ ability to afford coverage, many Texans are left without access to job-based coverage. Recognizing that new tools and strategies are needed to address health insurance issues for small employers, the 2009 Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 78, creating the Healthy Texas program, based on a successful public reinsurance program in New York. The center supports the creation of this innovative program and has been an active participant in its implementation.