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
"Private insurance companies have largely been replaced by cities that are either self-insured or in a risk pool.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.