• What Does Congress Want from Us Now?

    Health system reform, Medicare, Medicaid, budget cuts ... new laws, new rules, new regulations. What does Washington want from physicians now? Who's looking out for doctors and your patients? Keep up with all the action -- and TMA's action on your behalf:

  • Video: Congress, Fix SGR Now

    A communication to Congress that now is the time to repeal Medicare's flawed SGR formula.

     

  • Latest Health Care News from Congress

    • Advocacy
      Home page for Healthy Vision 2020, Second Edition, the strategic roadmap for TMA's state and federal advocacy initiatives for the remainder of the decade.
    • Improve Health Care Coverage for Low-Income Texans
      The ACA created two coverage options for uninsured patients with incomes up to 400 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL). One choice, which the U.S. Supreme Court made optional for states, was expanding Medicaid eligibility to 138 percent of FPL ($16,104 for an individual or $32,913 for a family of four in 2014). The other was the new health insurance marketplaces, where patients go to buy private insurance. Texas is one of 21 states that chose not to expand Medicaid eligibility in 2014. As a result, more than 1 million uninsured Texans, mostly low-income adults, are left in what’s called the “coverage gap,” which means they make too much money to qualify for Texas Medicaid but not enough to qualify for the marketplace premium tax credits. Few of these Texans have access to other affordable insurance options. Texas Medicaid eligibility for parents is about 20 percent of poverty — less than $4,000 per year.
    • Section 10: Protect and Promote a Fair Civil Justice System
      In our generation, Texas has taken no more important step to strengthen our health care delivery system than passing the 2003 medical liability reforms. The 2003 law swiftly ended an epidemic of lawsuit abuse, brought thousands of sorely needed new physicians to Texas, and encouraged the state’s shell-shocked physicians to return to caring for patients with high-risk diseases and injuries.
    • Progress Made So Far
      Thanks to the collective efforts of Texas’ state and federal legislators, state agency leaders, organized medicine, and public health advocates, we accomplished many of the recommendations in the first edition of TMA’s Healthy Vision 2020. Most of the results stem from actions of the Texas 2013 Legislature, while others are from federal laws and regulations.
    • TMA's Top 10 Recommendations
      Healthy Vision 2020, Second Edition: TMA's top 10 recommendations
    • Congress Patches SGR, Delays ICD-10
      Congress has done it again. For the 17th time, lawmakers slapped yet another Band-Aid on Medicare to stave off a 24-percent physician payment cut under the fatally flawed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula. It sets the next SGR cliff for April 1, 2015.
    • Projected ICD-10 Conversion Costs Triple
      The costs for physician practices to implement the federally mandated transition to the ICD-10 code set are three times earlier estimates, according to a new American Medical Association study.