June 1, 2018


New Consumer Tool Brings Much Needed Clarity To Healthcare System


AUSTIN - Representative Ryan Guillen (D- Rural South Texas) applauds the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI), who has launched a new website to help Texas healthcare consumers better understand the costs of healthcare.


"Consumers now have another tool to help them make an informed decision on their healthcare," said Guillen. "Understanding the costs of healthcare allows families to plan for routine and unforeseen medical events."


The new cost information on the most common medical procedures, including many tests, surgeries, and office visits. The site allows Texans to search for a procedure by ZIP code. For procedures involving multiple bills, the search results will provide a total cost which can be broken down by the costs of the facility, surgeon, and anesthesia. Representative Guillen appreciates this new tool and expects it will help those in South Texas find quality, affordable healthcare.


Rep. Guillen has always been a proponent of reducing costs and increasing access to quality healthcare in South Texas. In recent years, Guillen authored legislation which brought UTRGV, a top-tier medical school, to the Rio Grande Valley to attract more medical professionals and train the next generation of healthcare professionals. Guillen also helped pass legislation that capped prescription drug copay costs, helped offer employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities, and made telehealth services cheaper and more accessible.


"Too often we hear on the news about families that experience a health crisis and are slapped with massive medical bills afterwards," said Guillen. "Providing the costs upfront will help this issue, but further steps are needed to solve it."


Serving ten rural South Texas counties in the Texas House of Representatives, Ryan Guillen is known for his hard work, fierce independence, and relentless efforts for South Texas families. Recently, Capitol Inside called him a “House Bill Machine,” and a “one-person assembly line for legislation.” Since elected, few other legislators have passed more bills than Guillen. Sign up for updates at,, and