(a) A regional or local health care program may provide health care benefits to the
employees of small employers by purchasing or facilitating the purchase of health
benefit plan coverage for those employees from a health benefit plan issuer, including
(1) a small employer health benefit plan offered under Chapter 1501, Insurance Code;
(2) a standard health benefit plan offered under Chapter 1507, Insurance Code; or
(3) any other health benefit plan available in this state.
(b) The governing body may form one or more cooperatives under Subchapter B, 1 Chapter 1501, Insurance Code.
(c) Notwithstanding Chapter 1251, Insurance Code, an insurer may issue a group accident
and health insurance policy, including a group contract issued by a group hospital
service corporation, to cover the employees of small employers participating in a
regional or local health care program. The group policyholder of a policy issued in accordance with this subsection is
the governing body or the designee of the governing body.
(d) A health maintenance organization may issue a health care plan to cover the employees
of small employers participating in a regional or local health care program. The group contract holder of a contract issued in accordance with this subsection
is the governing body or the designee of the governing body.
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