Stop Surprise Medical Bills
Author: Representative Trey Martinez Fischer
HB 3933 is a comprehensive, bipartisan piece of legislation that Rep. Martinez Fischer is authoring alongside State Sen. Kelly Hancock (R). It aims to eliminate ‘Balance Billing’ in the medical community, which occurs when a patient is treated at an out-of-network facility and then forced to pay the balance between what the insurance company wants to pay and what the hospital wants to be paid.
Currently, the process to protest these bills is incredibly lengthy, complicated, and confusing for patients, who typically are forced to deal with this bureaucratic maze immediately after undergoing a major medical procedure. This bill removes the requirement that patients contact the Texas Department of Insurance and start the complaint process themselves, and puts the responsibility on insurance providers and medical facilities, keeping patients out of a complicated process that they shouldn’t have had to deal with in the first place.