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Hotline is a daily electronic newsletter for TMA members only that reports the legislature's latest actions on bills affecting Texas medicine. The hotline is delivered each legislative day before noon beginning Jan. 1. A weekly recap, delivered each Sunday, is also available.
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Latest issues of TMA's Legislative News Hotline
TMA Legislative News Hotline: Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015
The Senate Health and Human Services Committee is taking up a full slate of bills related to state health agencies. One bill on the docket is by Sen. Charles Schwertner, MD (R-Georgetown), which would regulate nursing home facilities. Senate Bill 304 would revoke a nursing home license if it has committed three or more violations that threaten the health and safety of its residents.
TMA Legislative News Hotline: Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015
The bill count is climbing and fast. The Texas House filed a flurry of bills last week — 28 percent more than what the House filed in 2013. Today, Texas Senate and House members have filed a total of 3,577 bills and joint resolutions. The House filed 2,599 bills, while the Texas Senate has filed 978. Bill filing is likely to continue at an accelerated pace, as the filing deadline for House bills is Friday, March 13.
TMA Legislative News Hotline: Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015
Seven Texas Medical Association physician leaders testified before the Senate Finance Committee today. The committee was examining funding for the state’s health and human services programs.
TMA Legislative News Hotline: Friday, Feb. 13, 2015
Tobacco-use prevention and protecting Texas children from becoming tobacco users top this week's TMA Legislative News Hotline video, as well as graduate medical education (GME) funding. Watch Eduardo Sanchez, MD, Texas Public Health Coalition chair, and San Antonio pediatrician Ryan Van Ramshorst, MD, explain why the state must take steps to improve tobacco prevention and regulate e-cigarettes.
TMA Legislative News Hotline: Monday, Feb. 9, 2015
TMA and the Border Health Caucus held a news conference in conjunction with First Tuesdays at the Capitol, asking Texas leaders, senators, and representatives to improve physicians’ Medicaid payments, cut red tape and administrative hassles, and hold Medicaid HMOs accountable.