AUSTIN – Today, State Representative Chris Turner (HD 101- Grand Prairie) filed two pieces of legislation, HB 955, which would require children remain in rear-facing car seats until the age of two, and HB 956, which seeks to clarify the definition of a health care liability claim.
HB 955 would create a state law requiring children to be restrained in a rear-facing car seat until the age of two, unless the child exceeds the height and weight limit for the car seat.
HB 956 would clarify the definition of “claimant” in respect to a health care liability claim.
Last week, I filed two measures to create a state-based health insurance exchange, which would make it easier for Texans to sign up for coverage and ensure that the health insurance plans meet state requirements. Additionally, and perhaps most importantly, it would protect Texans if the United States Supreme Court decides that federal tax credits are not available to people in states which do not have their own exchange. If these tax credits disappear, hundreds of thousands of Texans will see a significant tax increase and may no longer be able to afford coverage.
Will help ensure health insurance coverage remains affordable for hundreds of thousands of Texans; Prevent possible tax increase.
“Although the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace has been successful in our state, with over 730,000 enrolled in health insurance plans during the first year alone, providing a state-based program would help ensure that Texans receive plans tailored to their healthcare needs,” said Turner. “Both measures would protect hundreds of thousands of Texans from a tax increase if the Supreme Court decides that those buying coverage through the federal exchange would be ineligible for subsidies.”
Community invited to attend informational forum about these important programs
ARLINGTON, TX – On Thursday, January 22, State Representative Chris Turner will co-host an informational forum on the Deferred Action for Parents Accountability (DAPA) and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programs. The event, which is open to the public, will be held at Sam Houston High School in Arlington, and will feature a presentation by the North Texas Dream Team.