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  By: Sheffield (Senate Sponsor - Creighton) H.B. No. 1514
         (In the Senate - Received from the House May 12, 2015;
  May 12, 2015, read first time and referred to Committee on Business
  and Commerce; May 19, 2015, reported favorably by the following
  vote:  Yeas 5, Nays 3; May 19, 2015, sent to printer.)
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A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
 
  relating to health insurance identification cards issued by
  qualified health plan issuers.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Title 8, Insurance Code, is amended by adding
  Subtitle L to read as follows:
  SUBTITLE L. QUALIFIED HEALTH PLAN MANDATORY DISCLOSURES
  CHAPTER 1693. QUALIFIED HEALTH PLAN IDENTIFICATION CARDS
         Sec. 1693.001.  DEFINITIONS. Except as provided by Section
  1693.003, in this chapter, "enrollee," "exchange," "qualified
  health plan," and "qualified health plan issuer" have the meanings
  assigned by 45 C.F.R. Section 155.20 as that section existed on
  January 1, 2015.
         Sec. 1693.002.  REQUIRED INFORMATION. An identification
  card or other similar document issued by a qualified health plan
  issuer to an enrollee of a qualified health plan purchased through
  an exchange must, in addition to any requirement under other law,
  including Sections 843.209, 1301.162, and 1369.153, display on the
  card or document in a location of the issuer's choice the acronym
  "QHP."
         Sec. 1693.003.  COMMISSIONER DETERMINATIONS REGARDING
  FEDERAL REGULATIONS. (a) The commissioner shall monitor 45 C.F.R.
  Section 155.20 for amendments to the definitions listed in Section
  1693.001 and determine if it is in the best interest of the state to
  adopt an amended definition for purposes of this chapter. If the
  commissioner determines that it is in the best interest of the state
  to adopt the amended definition, the commissioner by rule shall
  adopt the amended definition.
         (b)  In making the determination about an amendment, the
  commissioner shall consider, in addition to other factors
  affecting the public interest, the beneficial and adverse effects
  the amendment may have on:
               (1)  individuals who are receiving medical care and
  health care services in this state; and
               (2)  health care providers and physicians.
         Sec. 1693.004.  REPORT TO LEGISLATURE. The commissioner
  shall prepare a report of a determination made under Section
  1693.003, including an explanation of the reasons for the
  determination, and file the report with the presiding officer of
  each house of the legislature not later than the 30th day after the
  date the determination is made. 
         Sec. 1693.005.  RULES. The commissioner may adopt rules as
  necessary to administer and enforce this chapter.
         SECTION 2.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2015.
 
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