July 26, 2013
Contact: Lowell Brown, State Bar of Texas public information director
(800) 204-2222, ext. 1713, or (512) 427-1713 lbrown@texasbar.com

State Bar to Explore Private Health Insurance Exchange for Members

AUSTIN — The State Bar of Texas Board’s Insurance/Member Benefits Subcommittee met on July 24, 2013, and took two actions:

• The Subcommittee decided to explore the implementation of a private insurance exchange for which all SBOT members would be eligible. The Subcommittee will consider private insurance exchange models being offered by the State Bars of Tennessee, Florida, and Georgia along with models being developed by third-party administrators and health insurance carriers.

• Second, the Subcommittee decided to suspend consideration of a Multiple Employer Welfare Arrangement (MEWA) because of uncertainty about potential cost savings for participants, and the fact that MEWA participation would not be available to all Bar members, particularly sole practitioners.

The Subcommittee’s goal is to have a program in place by Oct. 1, 2013, so that members can make informed decisions regarding open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act. The State Bar will keep members informed as this work progresses.

The State Bar of Texas is an administrative agency of the Supreme Court of Texas that provides educational programs for the legal profession and the public, administers the minimum continuing legal education program for attorneys, and manages the attorney discipline system.