Although the Texas Legislature is becoming more hyper-partisan and hyper-political, TMA will continue to work for what’s best for patients and their physicians. Medicine’s 2015 legislative agenda, based on TMA’s Healthy Vision 2020, second edition, will focus on:
Meanwhile, TMA will push for big improvements in Medicaid, strong anti-tobacco and obesity-fighting laws, better protections for physicians' independent clinical judgment, and major reductions in government red tape and interference in medical practice.
With the tremendous team of grassroots physicians, alliance members, county medical society leaders, and paid lobbyists, medicine will be up to the challenge. It is absolutely essential for medicine to engage our representatives and senators early and often.
“We must enhance the environment in which Texas physicians practice medicine. Our government must make it easier — not more difficult — for us to care for our patients,” said TMA President Austin King, MD.
Physicians, alliance members, and medical students from around the state will converge on Austin the first Tuesday of each month to reenact the White Coat Invasion. Lobbying tips, legislative briefings and debriefings, and personal visits to legislators’ offices are all part of First Tuesdays at the Capitol. The Texas Medical Association and Texas Medical Association Alliance are calling on YOU. Be a medical lobbyist for a day. You will make a difference.
Mark your calendar for the 2015 First Tuesdays at the Capitol:
Please help spread the word that First Tuesdays at the Capitol needs physicians and alliance members from all over Texas, and that it is open to all members and their spouses. If you have ever participated First Tuesdays, tell your colleagues what a rewarding experience it was to walk down the halls of the Texas Legislature in your white coat. If you need more registration forms or any other information, call your county medical society or TMA at (800) 880-1300, ext. 1361.
**Please check onsite schedule for lunch location.