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Unless Congress acts by the end of the year, physicians face an 8.5% cut to their Medicare payments on Jan. 1. At minimum, organized medicine is urging passage of a federal patch – H.R. 8800 – while advocating for long-term reform. Take action.
Access the new Medicare Pay Cuts Toolkit. TMA urges your active participation in this crucial advocacy effort.
Statement by Texas Medical Association President Gary W. Floyd, MD, in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling regarding Roe v. Wade.
The federal No Surprises Act became effective Jan. 1, 2022. It established a federal law prohibiting balance billing for out-of-network, self-pay, and uninsured patients from certain surprise medical bills. The law also created patient price transparency rules by requiring certain physicians to provide their patients with good faith estimates.
U.S. Rep. Michael C. Burgess, MD (R-Lewisville), is following his fellow Texas physicians’ lead on curbing insurers’ hassle-laden prior authorization burdens, introducing a federal bill similar to the “gold-card” law TMA proposed and championed into law at the state level.
Texas physicians made the most of an extraordinary, scaled-back session of the Texas Legislature in 2021. They helped pass laws to curb prior authorization hassles; keep physicians from incurring new practice costs; install liability protections for future pandemics like COVID-19; extend postpartum Medicaid coverage for new mothers; and keep graduate medical education (GME) fully funded.
One simple but important action you can take during the session is to respond to a TMA Action Alert. Action alerts are prepared messages from TMA asking legislators to stop or pass a bill. Download TMA’s mobile app “VoterVoice” for an easy way to take action using your phone.
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