Senator Jane Nelson
P.O. Box 12068, State Capitol
Austin, Texas 78711
Tel. (512) 463-0112
Fax (512) 463-0923

March 11, 2003
Contact: Dave Nelson
(972) 724-0066

Prompt Pay Bill Unanimously Approved by Senate Health Panel

AUSTIN -- Health insurers would be required to pay health care providers on time and in full under SB 418 by Senator Jane Nelson, R-Lewisville, that was unanimously approved today by the Senate Health & Human Services Committee.

""This boils down to a very simple principle of doing business. If you perform a service, you ought to be paid for that service -- on time and at the rates agreed to in your contract. This legislation will mitigate some of the serious payment problems that exist between health care providers and insurers to ensure timeliness and fairness for all parties involved," Senator Nelson, who chairs the Health & Human Services Committee, said.

SB 418, the so-called "prompt pay bill," now goes to the full Senate for consideration. It contains the following provisions:

Senator Jane Nelson represents District 12, which includes the growing suburban communities of Denton and Tarrant counties and parts of the city of Fort Worth.