The involvement of physicians, medical students and alliance members is critical to the success of TMA's grassroots lobbying efforts. A vital asset to TMA's professional lobbying team, only you can give your state legislators the most accurate picture about how the issues really affect the practice of medicine and the patients of Texas.
Remember, effective political action is a local activity. Get involved with your county medical society and get to know your senators and representatives when they're in their home offices. That way, they'll recognize your name and voice when you write or call them at the capitol.
The First Tuesdays at the Capitol program is a huge success every legislative session. And, 2014 was no exception. Almost a thousand physicians, medical students, and TMA Alliance members made the trek to Austin to lobby their state legislators on issues important to medicine.
1. Keep track of medicine's top priority issues throughout the session by subscribing to the daily or weekly e-newsletter.
2. Use TMA's Grassroots Action Center. Write, email, or call your legislator when critical issues arise. TMA makes it easy. All you have to do is respond to a TMA Action Alert using the message provided. It only takes a minute.
3. Get to Know Your Legislators. When medicine speaks, legislators do listen, especially if they've heard from you before. Work through your county medical society to set up a local physician meeting with your state representative or state senator. Very often, you or your colleagues know them personally. There is no substitute for this personal relationship!
4. Sign up for First Tuesdays at the Capitol. Join hundreds of your colleagues in Austin the first Tuesday of the month. Legislators take note when doctors in white coats walk the halls of the capitol each session.
5. TMA members, take a close look at TEXPAC. The Texas Medical Association Political Action Committee (TEXPAC) is the political arm of TMA. Its the largest bipartisan political action committee in the state and ranks first in size among other state medical association PACs. A successful year on the campaign trail frequently translates into success at the capitol. For more information go the TEXPAC Web site.