Texas Insurance Division to Hold Public Hearing on Health Facility Fees On April 22


Austin, TX (CompNewsNetwork) - The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers' Compensation (TDI-DWC) will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, April 22, 2008 in the Tippy Foster Room at the TDI-DWC Central Office, 7551 Metro Center Drive, Suite 100 in Austin. TDI-DWC will audio stream the public hearing for persons who are unable to appear in person.

The public hearing will begin at 9 a.m. and TDI-DWC will take testimony on the following rule repeal:
 CHAPTER 134 – Benefits – Guidelines for Medical Services, Charges and Payments
Subchapter E - Health Facility Fees
§134.401 Acute Care Inpatient Hospital Fee Guideline

The proposed rule repeal was published in the Texas Register on February 22, 2008, and may be viewed on the TDI website at http://www.tdi.state.tx .us/wc/rules/proposedrules/toc.html. Even though the comment period for these rules closed on March 24, 2008 at 5 p.m., TDI-DWC will accept additional comments at the public hearing.

To listen to the audio stream of the public hearing, access the TDI-DWC Public Outreach Events /Training Calendar on the TDI website at http://www.tdi.state .tx.us/wc/services/outreachcal/index.html. Then click on the “Broadcast” link for the public hearing. The applications Media Player 7 (or new version) or RealPlayer 10 (or newer version) are required to hear the audio stream. Audio streaming will begin approximately five minutes before the public hearing begins.

TDI offers reasonable accommodations for persons attending meetings, hearings, or educational events, as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act.  If you require special accommodations, contact Idalia Cantú at 512-804-4403 at least of two days prior to the public hearing date.

For further information regarding this notice, contact Blanca Guardiola of TDI-DWC Legal Services at 512-804-4716.

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