Emergency Continues- Physicians to Legislators: Help!

News Advisory: Feb. 4, 2013  

Medicare/Medicaid patients need their physicians

  • WHAT: Physicians from the border and across the state will join legislators in a news conference to urge Texas leaders to solve the “medical emergency” plaguing patients and physicians by fully rescinding budget cuts that threaten health care for hundreds of thousands of “dual-eligible” Texans. For more than a year now, dual-eligible patients’ health care funding has been cut.
  • WHEN: Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, 1 pm 
  • WHERE: Capitol Conference Room E2.002, State Capitol Extension
  • WHO: Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa (D-McAllen); Rep. Richard Raymond (D-Laredo); Stephen L. Brotherton, MD, Texas Medical Association (TMA) president-elect; Luis M. Benavides, MD, TMA physician leader and Border Health Caucus vice chair; Victor Gonzalez, MD, Hidalgo-Starr County Medical Society president; and dozens of physicians from across Texas.
  • WHY:  In January 2012, Texas cut Medicaid funding for dual-eligible patients, (people old enough to qualify for Medicare and able to qualify for Medicaid assistance). This cut forced physicians to tap savings, obtain loans, trim staff, retire early, and move out of the Rio Grande Valley, and even out of the state. This affected patients’ ability to see a doctor, creating a medical emergency across the state – one that continues today. After months of pleas, Texas leadership recently rescinded part of the cut, but the rest of the cut is still in place; more help is needed. Visit the TMA web site for more information about the dual-eligible patient medical emergency.

The news conference occurs on the first TMA First Tuesdays at the Capitol of this legislative session. More than 200 TMA physicians, medical students, and TMA Alliance volunteers will visit the Capitol to urge legislators to adopt policies that support patient care and defend the patient-physician relationship. TMA First Tuesdays will continue on March 5, April 2, and May 7.

TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation, representing more than 47,000 physician and medical student members. It is located in Austin and has 112 component county medical societies around the state. TMA’s key objective since 1853 is to improve the health of all Texans.

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Contact: Pam Udall
phone: (512) 370-1382
cell: (512) 413-6807

Brent Annear
phone: (512) 370-1381
cell: (512) 656-7320


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