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Latest issues of TMA's Legislative News Hotline
TMA Legislative News Hotline: Thursday, March 26, 2015
The Senate Finance Committee took up Senate Bill 18 by Sen. Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound) today. The measure aims to improve Texas’ physician workforce by allocating an additional $60 million for graduate medical education (GME) expansions. The funding would sustain the 2013 GME expansion programs while building other programs to improve access to care.
TMA Legislative News Hotline: Wednesday, March 25, 2015
San Antonio pediatrician Ryan Van Ramshorst, MD, testified twice today before the Senate Health and Human Services Committee on behalf of TMA, the Texas Pediatric Society, and the Texas Academy of Family Physicians. He told committee members that Texas physicians strongly support Senate Bill 760 by Sen. Charles Schwertner, MD (R-Georgetown), that would improve oversight and accountability of Medicaid HMOs’ physician networks. This issue is one of TMA’s top legislative items.
TMA Legislative News Hotline: Tuesday, March 24, 2015
TMA and the Texas Pediatric Society submitted a letter supporting House Bill 1282 by Rep. John Zerwas, MD (R-Richmond), today in House Public Health. The measure directs the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to develop a strategic plan to reduce morbidity and mortality from human papilloma virus (HPV)-associated cancers. TMA worked with DSHS in 2006-07 to develop a strategic plan addressing Texas’ limited progress to reduce cervical cancer morbidity and mortality. DSHS brought together health professionals, public and community health experts, the academic community, and other interested stakeholders to reduce cervical cancer deaths.
TMA Legislative News Hotline: Monday, March 23, 2015
The House Human Services Committee will take up House Bill 1680 by Rep. Richard Raymond (D-Laredo) that addresses recommendations proposed by the Sunset Advisory Commission to continue the Texas Health Services Authority (THSA). THSA was created by the Texas Legislature in 2007 as a public-private partnership to help coordinate the implementation of health information exchange. TMA submitted a letter supporting the bill and its privatization by 2021. We also asked committee members to add language to ensure physicians and other health care providers would be charged a reasonable certification fee. HB 1680 is companion legislation to Sen. Jane Nelson’s (R-Flower Mound) Senate Bill 203, which was before the Senate Health and Human Services Committee March 4. SB 203 was left pending.
TMA Legislative News Hotline: Friday, Feb. 20, 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.