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Bill aims to punish insurers who delay care for first responders



Legislators in Texas will consider a bill that would penalize payers more than twice the cost of a claim plus any lawyer fees if they delay benefits to the first respondents.

Rep. Dustin Burrows, R-Lubbuck, introduced on Thursday H.B. 1521, which would allow the insurance commissioner to "judge an administrative penalty against a political subdivision that self-insures either individually or collectively that commits an administrative violation in connection with an employee's claim" submitted by a peace officer or firefighter. 19659002] The bill also states that the fine "may not be less than twice the total amount of benefits to be paid in connection with the employee's claim."

Rep. Burrows told a KCBD 1

1 news reporter on Thursday that "the current firefighters' and police's work compensation system is plagued by delays and abuse".

"Private insurance companies have largely been replaced by cities that are either self-insured or in a risk pool. This has resulted in extensive denials and delays from the cities regarding almost all on-duty-related damage or illness," he said. NBC affiliate.

                    


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