Category Archives: Regulation and Licensing

New law requires freestanding emergency centers to post health insurance information

A law enacted in 2017 by the 85th Texas Legislature, HB 3276 by Oliverson, requires a freestanding emergency medical care facility to list all health insurance plans for which the facility is a participating provider. These facilities, which have become more … Continue reading

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New Texas law affects property damage lawsuits

Recent flooding and property damage caused by Hurricane Harvey in Houston and other Gulf Coast communities have drawn public attention to the potential impact of HB 1774 by G. Bonnen, a new law that revises state statutes governing lawsuits on weather-related … Continue reading

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Regulating transportation network companies in Texas

In Texas, a growing number of cities have passed municipal ordinances to regulate transportation network companies (TNCs), such as Uber and Lyft. TNCs are businesses that connect paying riders to drivers, usually through smartphone apps. They compete directly with taxicabs to fill … Continue reading

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State may consider revising ‘right to correct’ for nursing homes

State lawmakers this past interim discussed ways to enhance the quality of long-term care facilities in the state, including whether to limit “right-to-correct” laws that allow providers to avoid state penalties by addressing certain violations within a specified time. Legislation that would have restricted providers’ right … Continue reading

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Senate committee considers vehicle safety inspections

A Texas Senate committee is considering the effectiveness and efficiency of state-mandated passenger vehicle safety inspections. The state’s safety inspection program, created in 1951, requires the annual or biennial inspection of passenger vehicles. More than 19 million are now inspected every year. … Continue reading

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