Amended Version of Texas HB 3453 Passes

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An amended version of Texas House Bill 3453 passed yesterday. The original version would have allowed Texas school districts to opt out of the TRS ActiveCare health plan. Instead, the amended version creates an Interim Committee to study the issue for future consideration.

See final version:

By: Lozano, Hunter H.B. No. 3453
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
AN ACT
relating to participation in and rates for coverage provided under
the uniform group coverage program for active employees.
       BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
       SECTION 1.  INTERIM COMMITTEE; STUDY. (a) A joint interim
committee on TRS ActiveCare is established to study:
             (1)  the impact of allowing school districts and other
participating entities in the uniform group coverage program for
active employees under Chapter 1579, Insurance Code, to opt out of
that program;
             (2)  the impact, should participating entities be
authorized to opt out of the program, of allowing or prohibiting
future participation by previous participating entities that have
opted out; and
             (3)  the impact of establishing a regional rating
method for determining premiums charged in different regions of the
state for the benefits provided under a group coverage plan
established under the program.
       (b)  The joint interim committee shall be composed of six
senators appointed by the lieutenant governor and six members of
the house of representatives appointed by the speaker of the house
of representatives.
       (c)  The lieutenant governor and speaker of the house of
representatives shall each designate a co-chair from among the
joint interim committee members.
       (d)  The joint interim committee shall convene at the joint
call of the co-chairs.
       (e)  The joint interim committee has all other powers and
duties provided to a special or select committee by the rules of the
senate and house of representatives, by Subchapter B, Chapter 301,
Government Code, and by policies of the senate and house committees
on administration.
       (f)  Not later than January 1, 2017, the joint interim
committee shall report the committee’s findings and
recommendations to the lieutenant governor, the speaker of the
house of representatives, the governor, the Teacher Retirement
System of Texas, and each house and senate standing committee with
primary jurisdiction over primary and secondary education or health
benefit plan coverage.
       (g)  From the contingent expense fund of the senate and the
contingent expense fund of the house of representatives equally,
the members of the joint interim committee shall be reimbursed for
expenses incurred in carrying out the provisions of this Act in
accordance with the senate and house of representatives rules of
procedure and the policies of the committees on administration.
Other necessary expenses of operation shall be paid from the
contingent expense fund of the senate and the contingent expense
fund of the house of representatives equally.
       SECTION 2.  ABOLITION OF COMMITTEE. The joint interim
committee on TRS ActiveCare created by this Act is abolished and
this Act expires September 1, 2017.
       SECTION 3.  EFFECTIVE DATE. This Act takes effect
immediately if it receives a vote of two-thirds of all the members
elected to each house, as provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas
Constitution. If this Act does not receive the vote necessary for
immediate effect, this Act takes effect September 1, 2015.

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