Want to stay fully informed of the latest dealings in the Texas Legislature during the session? Then read the TMA Legislative News Hotline.
TMA Legislative News Hotline: Wednesday, May 27, 2015
The Senate finally passed the bill that would require issuers of Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchange plans (known as qualified health plans) in Texas to display the acronym “QHP” on the plan ID card.
TMA Legislative News Hotline: Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Today is the 134th day of the session (out of 140), and the last day for the Texas House of Representatives to consider Senate bills and Senate joint resolutions on second reading. Much of today’s action pertains to each chamber vetting bill amendments added by the other chamber. TMA is watching for potential additions of dangerous amendments to otherwise favorable bills. While time dwindles for bill passage and tacking on amendments, both chambers named today John Wayne Day in honor of the Western film actor’s birthday.
TMA Legislative News Hotline: Monday, May 25, 2015
Medicaid Fraud: The House on Sunday passed Senate Bill 207 by Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa (D-McAllen) and Rep. Larry Gonzalez (R-Round Rock), the Medicaid Office of Inspector General (OIG) reform bill. The measure improves OIG’s accountability and institutes fair rules and processes for physicians accused of waste, fraud, or abuse. It specifically states that “fraud” does not include unintentional technical, clerical, or administrative errors; requires probable cause of fraud for payment holds; and keeps informal settlement meetings with physicians and providers under investigation confidential. The bill now goes back to the Senate for consideration of amendments the House added.
TMA Legislative News Hotline: Friday, May 8, 2015
Hear new TMA President Tom Garcia, MD; new Board of Trustees Chair Doug Curran, MD; new House of Delegates Vice Speaker Arlo Weltge, MD; Trustee E. Linda Villarreal, MD; and former TMA House Speaker Clifford Moy, MD, give their perspectives on where TMA’s budget priorities stand as House-Senate budget conferees continue their work. The 10-member panel is charged with agreeing on Texas’ fiscal plan for the next two years, by bridging the differences between the respective chambers’ initial proposals.
TMA Legislative News Hotline: Thursday, May 7, 2015
The Senate State Affairs Committee this morning heard testimony on House Bill 80, which would impose a statewide ban on texting or talking on handheld phones while driving. “Distracted driving, such as texting, interferes with the primary task of driving,” the Texas Public Health Coalition said in written testimony delivered to the committee.