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Despite significant gains in women’s health care funding and access last session, more work remains. Increasing the number of women who enroll in the Texas Women’s Health Program, Expanded Primary Health Care Program, and family planning programs, as well as increasing the number of physicians and clinics who participate, will be essential to Texas’ efforts to improve maternal health and birth outcomes.
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TMA's 2015 Legislative Victories Build on Past Successes
In a 2015 legislative session marked by new state leadership, new money, and big shifts in how Texas' major health care agencies oversee care delivery, the house of medicine remained as steady as ever in its mission to ensure physicians can give their patients the best care possible. That resolve paid off in significant victories that largely build on the Texas Medical Association's 2013 legislative successes.
A Heavy Burden
A Texas Health and Human Services Commission report reveals gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) and obese mothers take a toll on the state's Medicaid program. According to the report, in Medicaid, the excess medical and drug costs among women with GDM and their babies totaled $10 million. Women with pregestational diabetes cost Medicaid $60 million more than nondiabetic, normal-weight women. Much of the cost associated with diabetes and obesity comes from more frequent hospitalizations for the mother and a higher likelihood the infant will be admitted into the neonatal intensive care unit.
CMV Education and Outreach Needed
Testimony of the Texas Medical Association and the Texas Pediatric SocietyHouse Public Health CommitteeCommittee Substitute to Senate Bill 791 by Sen. Lois Kolkhorst and Rep. John ZerwasMay 19, 2015
Perinatal Advisory Council Bill Expands Care Improvements
Testimony submitted on behalf of:Texas Medical Association, Texas Pediatric Society,Texas Academy of Family Physicians, Texas Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists-Texas District,and March of DimesSenate Health and Human Services CommitteeHouse Bill 3433May 18, 2015
Texas Physicians Ask Lawmakers to Fund Critical Health Services
Seven of Texas’ largest physician organizations — representing more than 48,000 physicians and medical students — today urged state House and Senate budget negotiators to “craft a cost-effective budget that addresses Texas significant health care needs.”
Support Women's Health Care Services
Access to preventive and preconception care—including health screenings and contraception—means healthy, planned pregnancies and early detection of cancers and other treatable conditions.
Improve Maternal and Infant Health
Improving birth outcomes not only enhances the lives of babies, mothers, and their families, but also can yield substantial savings, particularly to publicly financed programs such as Medicaid, which covers 53 percent of all Texas births.
Reduce Texas' Maternal Mortality Rates
Texas statistics for maternal mortality more closely resemble a third-world country than a state with world-class medical care. Factors that contribute to poor maternal and infant health are lack of early prenatal care, diabetes, hypertension, and obesity. Too many Texas women must confront some or all of these challenges.
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Texas Women's Healthcare Coalition
The mission of the Texas Women’s Healthcare Coalition is to improve the health and well-being of women, babies, and families by ensuring all Texas women have access to preventive care.
2015 TMA Physician Letters and Testimonies
Read recent letters and testimonies presented by TMA physician leaders at the state capitol.
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