And the Family of Medicine needs YOU! The "White Coat Invasion" has been the key to physicians' successes in the Texas legislature since the inception of First Tuesdays at the Capitol in 2003. Our senators and representatives listen when their hometown doctors appear in their offices. Our influence is so much greater when physicians and alliance members arrive en masse in the House and Senate galleries. It's time again to bring out Texas medicine's strongest weapon.
The 2013 session of the Texas Legislature will be especially challenging for medicine. The prognosis as of right now:
Meanwhile, TMA will push for big improvements in Medicaid, strong anti-tobacco and obesity-fighting laws, better protections for physicians' independent clinical judgment, and major reductions in government red tape and interference in medical practice.
All is not gloom and doom, however. With the tremendous team of grassroots physicians, alliance members, county medical society leaders, and paid lobbyists, medicine will be up to the challenge. It is absolutely essential for medicine to engage our representatives and senators early and often.
“We have our Healthy Vision 2020. This vision for the future protects the patient-physician relationship and ensures high-quality, efficiently delivered care for our patients. Now we need you to share that vision with your senator and representative at First Tuesdays,” said TMA President Michael E. Speer, MD.
Physicians, alliance members, and medical students from around the state will converge on Austin the first Tuesday of each month to reenact the White Coat Invasion. Lobbying tips, legislative briefings and debriefings, and personal visits to legislators’ offices are all part of First Tuesdays at the Capitol. The Texas Medical Association and Texas Medical Association Alliance are calling on YOU. Be a medical lobbyist for a day. You will make a difference.
Mark your calendar for the 2013 First Tuesdays at the Capitol:
Please help spread the word that First Tuesdays at the Capitol needs physicians and alliance members from all over Texas, and that it is open to all members and their spouses. If you have ever participated First Tuesdays, tell your colleagues what a rewarding experience it was to walk down the halls of the Texas Legislature in your white coat. If you need more registration forms or any other information, call your county medical society or TMA at (800) 880-1300, ext. 1361.
The Doubletree Suites by Hilton Hotel has set aside suites for First Tuesday participants at a rate of $179. The hotel is conveniently located between TMA and the Capitol at 303 W. 15th St. Please call (800) 222-8733 for reservations. Don’t forget to mention that you are attending First Tuesdays at the Capitol with TMA and TMA Alliance!
Remember: Reserve your hotel room by the following dates to ensure availability at the special rate:
**Please check onsite schedule for lunch location.