During the 83rd Texas State Legislature, Longbow Partners advocated on behalf of the Ancillary Care Coalition to enact legislation that permissively enables durable medical equipment (DME) and home care providers to contract individually or collectively for their services at a discounted rate. Discounted contracts translate to lower costs for carriers and ultimately employers who buy workers compensation insurance coverage. The passage Senate Bill 1322 greatly increases market competition and improves access to health care in a medically underserved area while delivering savings to employers that provide worker’s compensation coverage. The legislation also provides appropriate oversight and authority for the Division of Worker’s Compensation.
Longbow Partners worked closely with the bill’s author, Senator Leticia Van de Putte (D-San Antonio), and with House sponsor Rene Oliveira (D-Brownsville) to ensure the successful passage of SB 1322. In addition, we were able to enlist other notable business interests such as: the Texas Association of Business, Scott and White Healthcare, Texas Association of Counties, and Texas Pharmacy Association, among others to collaborate on the measure throughout the legislative process.