As anticipated, the Texas Legislature will return for a third 2021 special session – and fourth session overall this year – with federal COVID-19 relief funds on the agenda and the House of Medicine hoping to influence how lawmakers will allocate those funds.
As the final days of the Texas Legislature’s second special session dwindle, it appears certain that lawmakers will not advance any bills on masking requirements in schools. Welcome news amid the COVID-19 surge as TMA has helped scuttle attempts to undercut local decision making authority on masking.
The Texas Medical Association is shocked the U.S. Supreme Court so far has not stopped the provisions of Senate Bill 8 that create a scheme of deputizing private citizens to carry out what the state itself cannot do, due to U.S. constitutional restrictions. Meanwhile, Senate Bill 4 is on its way to Gov. Greg Abbott with language that criminalizes the practice of medicine.
In a truly unprecedented and unpredictable session, the persuasive, unified voice of TMA physician and medical student advocates led to some significant wins for medicine and patients.
From curbing prior authorization abuses to ensuring patient safety through team-led care, read more about our 2021 advocacy wins.
This session, TMA physician and medical student advocacy led to important medicine- and patient-friendly wins (grassroots infographic). Email to schedule a continuing medical education presentation for your physician group, county medical society, or section today and hear about our 2021 legislative achievements from TMA President E. Linda Villarreal, MD, or the TMA lobby team. Physicians can earn 1 ethics CME credit.
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