• 83rd Texas Legislature

    TMA's 2013 Legislative Report Card

    Texas Legislature Delivers for Patients and Physicians. Most Wins in a Decade!

    Texas patients and their physicians won big at the state Capitol. We had more wins than in recent sessions across all issues affecting patient care, as outlined in TMA’s Healthy Vision 2020. In fact, nearly every TMA bill made it to the finish line, either intact or as an amendment. And every bill TMA wanted stopped was stopped.

    It was a triumphant legislative session for medicine. As credited to late U.S. House Speaker Tip O’Neill, “all politics is local,” and this year we did local better than ever. The keys to our success are the time and effort TMA members took to educate their legislators about issues affecting patient care. Texas legislators listened and delivered for their constituents. Bills unsuccessful in the past two, three, even five sessions moved this year, like no other. Read More

  • Latest Legislative News

    • Abortion Ruling Supports Physician Judgment
      An Austin federal judge enforcement of a provision of the state's new antiabortion law that requires physicians performing abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their facility. On Oct. 28, the day before the law was to take effect, U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel also upheld a physician's judgment in the use of RU-486 by women seeking an abortion. The state immediately appealed the ruling to the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, and on Oct. 31, the court lifted Judge Yeakel's injunction, allowing the state to enforce the regulations. The legal battle is expected to continue.
    • Managing Childhood Concussion
      Nearly 60 percent of high school students in the United States participate in organized sports, and the number of younger athletes increases annually. Because back to school means back to sports for most Texas children, the identification and management of concussion is becoming an even bigger public health issue than in years past.
    • Had Your Flu Shot?
      Today, Oct.1, is Influenza Awareness Day, designated by the Texas Legislature to educate Texans about the health risks associated with the flu. Take action to keep yourself, your family, and your patients healthy.
    • Plan a Be Wise Clinic on Influenza Awareness Day
      The Texas Legislature declared Oct. 1 as Influenza Awareness Day to educate Texans about the health risks associated with the flu. An annual flu vaccination is recommended for everyone older than 6 months. Every year, as many as one in five people get the flu.
    • Loan Repayment Applications Due Aug. 31
      Aug. 31 is the deadline to apply for the state Physician Education Loan Repayment Program. Physicians who agree to practice for four years in primary-care health professional shortage areas can receive up to $160,000 to repay medical school loans.
    • Governor's Signature Caps Successful Legislative Session
      The Texas Medical Association's victories in the 2013 legislative session became official when Gov. Rick Perry signed into law TMA-backed bills to reduce the red tape snarling your practice and to give your patients new protections.
    • Did You Miss Our All-Members Legislative Call?
      Legislators delivered for Texas physicians and their patients during the 2013 legislative session. The On June 25, TMA President Stephen L. Brotherton, MD, and the TMA lobby team conducted a membership-wide tele-town hall meeting to let everyone know what happened that will help you, your practice, and your patients. It was an exciting and interesting hour. Listen in to our replay tape.