HB 636, Health Insurance Connector: Testimony to the House Insurance Committee

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Anne Dunkelberg /(512) 320-0222 x 102
Stacey Pogue /(512) 320-0222 x 117

March 3, 2011

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The health insurance connector (or exchange) will play a critical role in expanding coverage to low- and moderate-income working Texas families. Under health reform, connectors must both create a consumer-friendly, competitive marketplace for purchasing health insurance and determine eligibility for and facilitate enrollment in exchange premium subsidies, Medicaid, and CHIP. House Bill 636 will establish a Texas health insurance connector. Decisions made by the Texas Legislature in designing a state-based connector will determine whether it can serve the best interest of Texas small businesses and families and enhance constructive competition.