Physician Advocacy

  • 2015 Legislative Wins

    Cut Red Tape: Saves your practice time and money.

    Health Plans must display directories and formularies on the Internet.

    No more state controlled substance registrations.

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    TMA's Top Priorities

    1. Increase Medicaid physician payments.
    2. Protect physicians' right to bill for their service.
    3. Increase funding for graduate medical education.
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  • Lawmakers Get Head Start on 2017 Health Care Issues

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    The 140 days the Texas Constitution allocates every other year for a state legislative session is never enough time for lawmakers to study and grasp all they need to do with the most complex issues. House and Senate committees use the time between sessions — the interim — to conduct research, hold hearings, and draft bills. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and House Speaker Joe Straus have laid out their interim charges to the committees.

    View Which Health Care Issues Are Gaining Attention  
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    TMA is helping to strengthen your practice by offering personal advice and creating a climate of medical success across the state. 

  • What could a TMA membership mean for you, your practice, and your patients?

  • Physician Advocacy Articles

    TMA Lays Out Balance Billing Plan to Senate Panel

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    Just days after the TMA House of Delegates adopted TMA's plan to preserve physicians' rights to bill for services and protect patients from surprise bills, TMA Council on Legislation Chair Ray Callas, MD, presented it to the Senate Committee on Business and Commerce.

    TMA Recommendations  
  • New Mexico Law Protects Patients' Access to Care in Texas

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    Texas doctors will continue to receive a full range of liability protections even when treating New Mexico patients. That issue was in doubt until the New Mexico Legislature took decisive action Feb. 17.

    Another Win for Texas Physicians  
  • Texas Expands Access to Family Planning and Preventive Health Services

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    For advocates of women's health funding in Texas, the climb back from the depths of 2011 continues. That year, the Texas Legislature sliced about two-thirds of the state's family planning budget, and the impact reverberated across the state. Five years later, an infusion of new funding and a streamlined state approach to women's health have physicians optimistic. 

    Women's Health Plays Catch-Up