TMA Legislative News Hotline: Friday, April 17, 2015


The House of Representatives today takes up two controversial bills certain to elicit extensive debate. One bill would allow Texans with concealed handgun licenses to carry those weapons openly in public. The other would restrict cities’ authority to limit hydraulic fracking of oil and gas within their boundaries. None of medicine’s key bills are on the calendar. 

The Senate has recessed for the weekend.


The House Public Health Committee this morning approved six bills that permit telemedicine services, require payment for telemedicine services, and/or establish pilot programs for telemedicine services in various settings. These include home telemonitoring services under the Medicaid program, telemedicine services to children with chronic or complex needs, emergency telemedicine medical services in rural areas, and Medicaid telemedicine services in a school-based setting.

The House Public Health Committee today also approved House Bill 2641 by Rep. John Zerwas, MD (R-Richmond). The bill would bolster the state’s health information exchanges to protect health exchanges in cases when information is stolen or when a physician or provider fails to get information through an exchange or gets inaccurate information. The bill requires state agencies to make their systems interoperable with electronic health records. TMA is working to ensure the bill also provides liability protections for physicians.


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