House Representative

Turner, Chris

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 03/03/2015

In Response to King v. Burwell, State Rep. Turner to Host Press Conference with Texas Hospital Association and Texans in Danger of Losing Tax Credits

AUSTIN – On Wednesday, the United States Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case of King v. Burwell. In response, State Representative Chris Turner, Texas Hospital Association CEO Ted Shaw, and Texans in danger of losing their health insurance tax credits will hold a press conference at the Capitol on Wednesday, March 4, to discuss the impact the case could have on our state.

Turner will discuss two measures that he has filed, HB 817 and HB 818, both of which would create a state healthcare exchange.

"There are strong feelings regarding the Affordable Care Act, and these bills are not intended to be a referendum on the ACA one way or the other," Said Turner. "Rather, they are simply aimed at protecting Texas families from a tax increase."

WHAT: Press conference to discuss the potential impact of King v. Burwell on Texas families
WHO: State Representative Chris Turner, Texas Hospital Association CEO Ted Shaw, Texans in danger of losing health insurance tax credits
WHEN: Wednesday, March 4, 2015; 2:30pm
WHERE: Texas Capitol, Speaker's Committee Room, 2W.6

HB 817 provides a trigger mechanism that will protect Texans should the Supreme Court rule in favor of the plaintiffs. Under this legislation, the Health and Human Services Commission and the Department of Insurance are directed to create a state exchange in the event of a judicial ruling which eliminates tax credits for Texans enrolled in the federal exchange. This bill would give the state the ability to determine which plans are eligible to participate, review rates and determine whether plans include coverage of essential health benefits.

HB 818 would simply create a state-based exchange, regardless of any action the Supreme Court takes.


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