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Texas Legislature 2019

Texas has more than 200 freestanding ERs. Lawmakers just passed bills to combat patient confusion and price gouging.

One bill awaiting action by the governor will require freestanding emergency rooms to clearly disclose the in-network health plans they accept and the fees patients may be charged.

Paramedics bring an extra stretcher into the emergency room at Eastland Memorial Hospital.  The facility has seven emergency treatment rooms and is the only hospital along the roughly 120 mile stretch of I-20 between Weatherford and Abilene.

Texas Legislature 2019

The 86th Legislature runs from Jan. 8 to May 27. From the state budget to health care to education policy — and the politics behind it all — we focus on what Texans need to know about the biennial legislative session.

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