House Representative

Zerwas, John

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 04/30/2008

Rep. Zerwas Asks Constituents to Study and Compare Health Coverage Options in Texas

Austin – This past week, Texas Department of Insurance launched the Texas Health Options website to better equip Texans in finding the right health insurance solutions based on their needs. The State of Texas is vigorously working to increase health insurance coverage throughout the state.



The greater Houston area has one of the highest rates of uninsured population in Texas. Representative John Zerwas is currently working with the Governor's Office and members of Legislature to reform Medicaid and CHIP and increase non-profit and private market insurance plans available specifically for the uninsured.



Rep. John Zerwas asks all constituents of House District 28 who are either insured or uninsured to visit: www.TexasHealthOptions.com to learn more about health coverage options in Texas. Health consumers can also compare the prices and benefits of various plans and review plans tailored for their individual health needs.



Rep. Zerwas will continue working hard to utilize state, local and private resources to ensure individuals and families health needs are met. As the entire nation focuses on health insurance reform, Rep. Zerwas wants to guarantee that a wide array of affordable options are available for the citizens of Texas.



"I want to be sure my constituents know all the health options available to them and are able to make the best health decisions for themselves and their families."



Further information regarding Rep. Zerwas' work on health insurance coverage can be obtained by contacting Representative Zerwas's capitol office at 888-827-1560.




TexasHealthOptions.com Offers Choices for the Uninsured

AUSTIN – During Cover the Uninsured Week 2008 on April 27 through May 3, the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) urges consumers to use the online tools available at www.TexasHealthOptions.com to learn more about and compare the various health coverage options available in Texas. This website was recently updated and enhanced to provide consumers with a comprehensive resource to help them shop for health coverage.



Information on TexasHealthOptions.com is organized into eight web “pages,” each dedicated to a different type of consumer. This organization allows each person to learn about options for their specific needs. The eight consumer types, or profiles, are: Parent or Guardian; Person with a Disability or Uninsurable Medical Condition; College Student; Individual; Senior, Unemployed; Small Business Employer; or Mid-sized or Large Employer.



TexasHealthOptions.com contains various other tools to help consumers, including the Using an Agent feature, which allows consumers to enter their Zip Code and receive a list of agents selling health insurance in their area. A Health Issues page can educate consumers about various medical conditions and a Health Compare page houses various tools for consumers to compare prices and features of health plans and providers. The Health Compare page also offers tips for finding affordable and qualified providers and directs consumers to the appropriate agencies for filing provider complaints.



The Health Plan Finder feature of the website was updated recently using information companies provided about their health care plans. Consumers can use this feature by choosing from 26 policy types – including basic hospital, major medical/children only, and cancer – and clicking “submit” to receive a list of specific information about carriers’ policies.



It is estimated that one in four Texans lack health care coverage for various reasons, including affordability and the inability to find coverage. TDI created TexasHealthOptions.com to help consumers learn about coverage options, compare the options, and find agents to assist in the process.



TexasHealthOptions.com, which also can be accessed from the agency’s main website at www.tdi.state.tx.us, has had more than 379,000 hits since its inception in 2005; the website had an average of 18,132 hits each month in 2007.



Cover the Uninsured Week is a project of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation intended to highlight the fact that too many Americans are living without health insurance and to demand solutions from our nation's leaders.



Contact:
Brad Westmoreland
512-463-0657