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In Texas, 2 Big Problems Collide: Uninsured People And An Uncontrolled Pandemic

In Texas, 2 Big Problems Collide: Uninsured People And An Uncontrolled Pandemic

Steve Alvarez started feeling sick in late June. His symptoms were mild at first, but then he developed a fever, chills and shortness of breath. He thought it was a bad cold he just couldn't shake. "Just when I started to get to feeling better and I would have a couple of good days," Alvarez says. "I felt like I'd backtrack and I was just really run down. This thing lingered and lingered." Alvarez, a Tejano musician who lives in the San Antonio area, eventually got a free COVID-19 test provided by the city of San Antonio. A week later, he found out he tested positive for the virus. Alvarez...

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Far Fewer Texans Have Reported Surprise Medical Bills Since New Law Went Into Effect

Far Fewer Texans Have Reported Surprise Medical Bills Since New Law Went Into Effect

There has been a huge drop in the number of Texans calling state regulators over surprise medical bills in the past six months.  at the beginning of the year requiring medical providers and insurance companies to figure out payment disputes themselves – instead of sending bills to patients. Senate Bill 1264 applies to Texans with state-regulated health insurance plans and people who get coverage through the state employee or teacher retirement systems, which is about 20% of Texans. It prohibits providers from billing patients for the difference between what a medical service costs and what...

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