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Texas Rate Review Grants Award List

Cycle I Grant Application Summary

Texas Grantee: Texas Department of Insurance

Award Date: August 16, 2010

Award Amount: $1,000,000

  • Improve the Review Process: Texas currently conducts limited health insurance premium review due to limited resources. The State intends to implement improved data collection and improve resource levels as well as in depth review of health insurance premiums.
  • Increase Transparency and Accessibility: The State currently provides access to health insurance premium filings upon request, unless the information is determined by the State to be confidential or a trade secret, or it is not available. The State will develop a format and process of public disclosure of information including insurer justifications
  • Develop and Upgrade Technology: Texas will support health insurance premium review functions and compile and analyze data and assess the validity of proposed increases.

Cycle III Grant Application Summary

Texas Grantee: Texas Department of Insurance

Award Date: September 23, 2013

Total Award Amount: $4,326,798

Baseline Award Amount: $2,000,000

Workload Award Amount: $2,326,798

  • Establish Data Center: In collaboration with the University of Texas, the Texas Department of Insurance will establish a data center that will integrate existing state health care data. The database will support research on health care payment practices and methodology as well as medical service delivery in Texas.
  • Enhance Data Quality: With Cycle III funds, Texas will improve the quality of the current web-based data collection tools to ensure that the data reported is accurate, relevant, timely, and consumer-friendly. Along with the publication of new data, Texas will provide a summary of statistical methodologies.
  • Data Dissemination and Transparency: Texas will use Cycle III funds to provide meaningful information on health care prices and develop consumer-friendly, web-based decision tools.

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