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A federal appeals court has blocked a Texas law that would have required insurance companies to disclose more information about their patients.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit on Monday denied a request from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners to reconsider a lower court ruling that struck down the law as discriminatory against African Americans.
The 5th District Court of Appeal on Friday said the law was discriminatory because it did not require the disclosure of race and ethnicity to insurers.
It also said it would create “an unnecessary burden” on African Americans seeking insurance under the law.
The case is being watched closely by Democrats.
Republicans and the business community are closely watching the decision as they consider how they can defeat President Donald Trump’s health care law.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, a Republican, argued in court papers that the law does not discriminate against African-Americans because it requires the disclosure only of race or ethnicity.
He said the information will help insurers determine who is most at risk and therefore the information that is provided to consumers will not reveal the true nature of the risk.
He also said the requirement does not apply to insurance coverage that would cover all Texans regardless of race.
“The data on African-American deaths is just not there, and that’s why this bill was passed,” Paxton said in an interview.
“I think the burden of proof is on the insurer to demonstrate that there’s not a difference between African- and white-Americans dying in Texas.”
He also criticized the law’s coverage of emergency room visits by women and their pregnancies.
“This bill does nothing to improve the health and safety of women and the lives of their unborn children,” Paeson said.
“There’s no evidence that any of the things that were added to the bill to protect women would help women and unborn children.”
The law was first signed by Republican Gov.
Greg Abbott and has drawn criticism from some Democrats who say it disproportionately affects women of color.