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

NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 25, 2007
Contact: Dave Nelson (512) 463-0112

SENATE APPROVES TEXLINK TO SPUR ACCESS TO HEALTH COVERAGE

AUSTIN -- The Texas Senate today approved SB 23 by State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Lewisville, establishing TexLink, a new office within the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) to help connect more Texans with private health insurance.

"This office will serve as a clearinghouse of information about the health care options available in Texas communities, and it will actively seek to educate Texans about the types of coverage available," Senator Nelson said. "There is a real lack of awareness, especially among our small businesses, about the opportunity to pool with other businesses to leverage affordable health care. We can also do a better job of educating Texans about innovations in individual health plans and community collaboratives such as 3-share models."

SB 23 establishes TexLink within TDI and directs it to do the following:

SENATOR JANE NELSON represents District 12, which includes several communities in Tarrant and Denton counties.

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