Bipartisan Legislation Aims To Stop 'Surprise-Balance' Medical Bills

May 22, 2019

The Texas Senate has passed bipartisan measures aimed at stopping surprise medical billing. State Sen. Kelly Hancock, a North Texas Republican, described one of the two measures he authored, ahead of a vote Tuesday.

“Senate Bill 1264 protects patients from getting surprise-balance bills in medical situations when the patient does not have a choice who provides them with care,” Hancock said.

Hancock’s measure would force medical providers and health insurers to mediate payment disputes before they send bills to patients. He first announced plans for the legislation back in February, along with Democratic state Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer of San Antonio.

Hancock’s legislation now heads to the Texas House where it will need to be passed before Gov. Greg Abbott can sign it into law.