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COMMISSIONER'S BULLETIN # B-0027-13

November 01, 2013


To: ALL TEXAS LIFE, ACCIDENT, OR HEALTH INSURERS; HEALTH MAINTENANCE ORGANIZATIONS; INDEPENDENT REVIEW ORGANIZATIONS; INSURANCE AGENTS; MULTIPLE EMPLOYER WELFARE ARRANGEMENTS; THIRD PARTY ADMINISTRATORS; UTILIZATION REVIEW AGENTS; LIFE SETTLEMENT PROVIDERS, PROVIDER REPRESENTATIVES, AND BROKERS; WORKERS' COMPENSATION HEALTH CARE NETWORKS; DISCOUNT HEALTH CARE PROGRAM OPERATORS; AND THE PUBLIC GENERALLY


Re: Legislation Enacted - 83rd Legislative Regular Session

This bulletin provides information and brief summaries of selected life, annuity, credit, accident, and health coverage related bills enacted during the 83rd Legislative Regular Session that may be relevant to individuals and entities regulated by the Texas Department of Insurance.

Attachment A provides a list and summaries of bills that may require action by regulated individuals and entities. Attachment B provides a list of bills that could require action in particular circumstances.

The department is only providing summary information with regard to the particular provisions of the bills that may apply to life, annuity, credit, accident, and health coverage issues. Please refer to the actual bills for the complete content of the legislation. If viewing via a web-enabled computer, each bill number will link directly to the enrolled bill text. Alternatively, the bills, as well as other legislative information, may be accessed at the Texas Legislature Online website at www.capitol.state.tx.us.

The department has attempted to include only relevant legislation. While the department encourages use of this bulletin to aid in compliance efforts, individuals and entities regulated by the department are responsible for ensuring compliance with all enacted legislation affecting the business they conduct.

In order to completely and timely implement any changes necessary to comply with new and amended statutes, the department requests that this information be shared with all staff, agents, and other parties that are affected by the legislation. Carriers should review each bill listed in the attachments and make the appropriate filings to amend rates or policy forms. All regulated individuals and entities should make appropriate changes to internal policies and procedures to comply with the new legislation and monitor the department's website for rules that may be proposed to implement the legislation.

Note that, in addition to monitoring the department's website, an "eNews" application is available online at: http://www.tdi.texas.gov/alert/emailnews.html. By signing up to receive particular categories of information, interested parties can receive notification emails regarding proposed rules, bulletins, and other items of interest.

If you have questions concerning the attachments, please contact the following divisions, as applicable:

Rate and form issues: Rate and Form Review Office at (512) 322-3409 or email: LifeHealth@tdi.texas.gov;

Managed care network issues: Managed Care Quality Assurance Office at (512) 322-4266 or email: HWCN@tdi.texas.gov; or

Agent issues: Agent and Adjuster Licensing Office at (512) 322-3503 or email: License@tdi.texas.gov.

Katrina Daniel
Associate Commissioner
Life, Accident, and Health Section

Attachment A and Attachment B



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