September 30, 2021

TEXAS AUSTIN — TEXas insurance companies have begun covering the city of Austin’s uninsured.

Mayor Greg Abbott announced Monday that he has signed a letter of intent to sign the first two bills into law this year, one for each of the three insurers that cover the city.

Abbott’s signing of the bills follows a series of events over the past week.

The bills were announced last week, with Austin Mayor Steve Adler announcing he would sign the bills on Thursday. 

“The Austin City Council has reached a deal with TEXAs three largest insurance carriers, who have agreed to cover our uninsured,” Abbott said in a statement Monday.

“I am pleased to announce that our cities comprehensive plan will be covering up to 10,000 Austinites through our two new insurance carriers in 2019.”

Abbott also said he would have the city’s insurance commissioner sign the bill on Wednesday.

The city has previously signed insurance contracts with four of the insurers, but none are yet paying for the city in full.

Abbott signed the bill into law in April after the City Council approved an ordinance that would allow insurers to offer coverage in the city for the first time.

Austin had a total of 9,200 uninsured people, according to a January report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.