Monday, March 27, 2000 
                                     10:00 a.m. 
                           Capitol Extension, Room E1.012 
         Pursuant to a notice posted in accordance with Senate Rule  
         11.18, a public hearing of the Senate Committee on Health  
         Benefit Mandates (Interim) was held on Monday, March 27, 2000,  
         in the Capitol Extension, Room E1.012, at Austin, Texas. 
         MEMBERS PRESENT:                        MEMBERS ABSENT: 
         Senator Jane Nelson, Co-Chair           Senator Gonzalo  
         Representative Pete Gallego, Co-Chair   Senator John Carona 
         Representative Kip Averitt              Senator Frank Madla 
         Representative Patricia Gray            Senator Steve Ogden 
         Representative John Smithee             Representative Craig  
         Representative Gallego, co-chair, called the meeting to order at  
         10:07 a.m.  There being a quorum present, the following business  
         was transacted. 
         Senator Nelson, co-chair, made opening remarks. 
         Representative Gallego, co-chair, called invited panelists to  
         brief the committee members on the Healthcare Mandates Workgroup  
         The following witnesses provided oral testimony: 
              Spencer Berthelsen, Texas Medical Association 
              Clif Mitchell, Texas Association of Insurance Officials 
              Ed Berger, Seton Healthcare Network 
              Janet Treadwell, Health Smart Preferred Care, Inc. / Texas  
              Association of Preferred Provider Organizations 
              Ron Luke, Texas Association of Business and Chambers of  
              Lisa McGiffert, Consumers Union 
              Rod Bordelon, Office of Public Insurance Counsel 
              Gary R. Looney, Texas Association of Health Underwriters 
              Bill Hickman, Watson Wyatt & Co. 
              Shelia Beckett, Employee Retirement System 
              Amy McGee Polasky, Council for Affordable Health Insurance 
         The following witneses did not provide written or oral  
              Robert Howden, National Federation of Independent Business  
              / Texas 
              Jerry Patterson, Texas Association of Health Plans 
         Representative Gallego, co-chair, called for the Texas  
         Department of Insurance to brief the committee on the proposed  
         mandated benefits study. 
         The following provided oral testimony: 
              Dianne Longely, Texas Department of Insurance 
              Rhonda Myron, Texas Department of Insurance 
         Representative Averitt moved for the drafting of the Request for  
         Representative Gray objected and suggested changes to the  
         proposed mandates listed.  A brief discussion followed.  
         There being no further discussion or objection, the motion  
         With no other business to come before the committee and upon  
         motions by Representative Gray and Senator Nelson,  
         Representative Gallego adjourned the committee by unanimous  
         consent at 1:35 p.m., subject to the call of the chair. 
         Senator Jane Nelson, Co-Chair 
         Cheri Huddleston, Clerk