• Latest Legislative News

    • TMA Seeks Legal Safe Harbor for HIE Users
      Written Testimony of Texas Medical AssociationHouse Bill 2641 by Rep. John ZerwasSenate Committee on Health and Human Services, May 20, 2015
    • 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
    • Student Athletes Need Complete Physicals
      Letter Testimony from TMASenate Committee on EducationHouse Bill 767May 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
    • ID ACA Exchange Plans on Insurance ID Cards
      HB 1514 testimony of Sara Austin, MD, before Senate Business and Commerce Committee, May 14, 2015
    • Improve Prescription Monitoring
      Senate Bill 195 moves the electronic prescription monitoring program for controlled substances to the Texas Board of Pharmacy. Improvements in both design and function will make this not only a better tool for law enforcement but also a better tool for clinical care and more.
    • Mistakes Aren’t Fraud; Make Medicaid OIG Fair
      SB 207 augments due process protections for physicians and providers, eliminates redundant reviews, while also ensuring the OIG retains the ability to protect taxpayers from indisputable fraud.  Reforms included in the bill include:
    • Improve Medicaid HMO Provider Networks, Directories
      SB760 specifies that HHSC may suspend the plan’s default enrollment if it fails to meet network access standards for two consecutive quarters. While monetary penalties are important, halting enrollment in a plan is surefire way to get the attention of the HMO CEO regarding network adequacy issues. The bill also will maintain HHSC’s ability to impose liquidated damages or discontinue the plan contract.  We support putting new tools in HHSC’s quiver to ensure plans fulfill their contractual obligations.
    • Texas Public Health Coalition Says, Stop Distracted Driving
      Texas is one of only six states that does not completely prohibit texting while driving. And while an increasing number of Texas cities have implemented a variety of texting while driving restrictions, there is no comprehensive approach. By eliminating texting while driving across the state and promoting distracted driving education for Texas drivers, HB 80 will help reduce costly and preventable injury and make our roads safer for all Texans.