Conference Aims to Improve Health Care for Border Residents

Aug. 19, 2013

  • WHAT: Physician leaders from Texas and Mexico — along with local, state, and federal legislators and government officials — gather in Laredo to discuss health care needs and challenges along the U.S.-Mexico border. The 8th Annual Border Health Conference is sponsored by Texas Medical Association’s (TMA’s) Border Health Caucus (BHC). BHC’s mission is to ensure access to care for patients along the border. See conference agenda. 
  • WHEN: Friday, Aug. 23, 8 am-5 pm
    Press Conference, Noon CT with U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar. Also appearing:  
    • Hilda Dávila, director general of international relations, Mexico Health; 
    • Kyle Janek, MD, Texas Health and Human Services executive commissioner; and 
    • Luis Benavides, MD, Laredo family physician, BHC vice chair; member, TMA Council on Legislation. 
  • WHERE: La Posada Hotel, 1000 Zaragoza St., Laredo
  • WHY: The conference brings together stakeholders to promote discussion and find solutions on health care issues facing border patients and their physicians, including:  
    • Implementing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, 
    • Ensuring an adequate physician workforce, 
    • Coordinating public health efforts on both sides of the border, 
    • Fixing Medicare so it better serves the patients who depend on it for care, and 
    • Addressing the impact immigration and border security have on health care.
  • WHO: U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar is the Border Health Conference’s congressional chair. See agenda for list of TMA/BHC physician members and other panel discussion  

Conference sessions on Friday:

7:45 am: Tour of Medical Colonias (depart La Posada Hotel lobby)

11 am: Opening Remarks

11:15 am: Public Health — Coordinating Efforts Between the United States and Mexico

12:30 pm: Graduate Medical Education — Recruiting/Training/Retaining Physicians

1:30 pm: Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) — Adequate Provider Reimbursement — Fraud, Myths, and Reality

3 pm: Immigration, Border Security, and the Impact on Health Care

4 pm: Affordable Care Act — Implementation and Impact on Health Care

To register for the conference, email Registration is free. 

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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