LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Any Willing Provider Testimony

Posted by Dave Berry

Gate Way Group Contact: Deanna Hemphill 

Insurance Lobbyists Oppose Any Willing Provider Bill: On Wednesday, the House Health Care Policy heard testimony on any willing provider legislation. House Bill 1145, sponsored by Rep. Bill White, would require health insurance companies to provide all contracted health care providers an online copy of their contracted fee schedule within a specific geographic area. Moreover, the bill requires physicians to fully disclose every facility within the patient’s network at which they have privileges. Patients would then be able to choose to have their procedure performed at any medical facility at which their provider has privileges. The insurance industry testified in opposition and warned the committee that an ‘any willing provider’ law would increase premiums for patients and increase the cost of care. Read more here.