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Texas employers can steer workers toward higher-performing health centers and tier hospitals based on performance under new legislation passed by the state legislature. Because HB 711 is effective immediately, brokers and benefits managers can factor the legislation into their next health plans, although anti-steering and anti-tiering provisions in contracts remain in effect until the end of the year.

House Bill 711 is a step in the right direction to fix anti-competitive practices and encourage market competition,” said Rep. James Frank, who introduced the bill. “Prohibiting certain unfair contract provisions will enable employees and employers to get the highest-quality care for their health-care dollars.”


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