• Leaders Chart TMA's 2017 Legislative Priorities

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    As always, the TMA professional staff will complement the relationships that physician leaders have built with their senators and representatives as they work to promote TMA’s 2017 agenda. Tops on the list are the state budget, insurance reform, scope of practice, telemedicine, the Texas Medical Board, and public health priorities.  

    Top Priorities  
  • TMA Legislative News Hotline: Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017

    Medicaid is always one of the state’s biggest expenditures. The two chambers’ proposals come in about $4 billion apart in combined state/federal dollars. TMA analysis of the Senate’s proposal to fund graduate medical education (GME) finds the Senate would provide $44 million additional dollars for GME expansions.

    TMA Legislative News Hotline: Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017
    The Texas Senate and House of Representatives returned today from the long holiday weekend, though little substantial business is scheduled. Bill filings will continue, and both chambers will take up resolutions, which often honor individuals and causes important to members and their constituents in their home districts.
    TMA Legislative News Hotline: Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017
    Texas legislators got down to business Wednesday, adopting procedural rules to govern proceedings in their respective chambers. The Texas Senate passed rules for the 2017 session that largely mirror the 2015 version, including a provision requiring support from just 19 senators before a bill can get a vote on the Senate floor (the “three-fifths rule,” requiring three-fifths of members’ approval). The Texas House adopted its parliamentary rules as well, House Resolution 3, considering many amendments before doing so. One that drew considerable attention and debate...
    TMA Legislative News Hotline: Friday, Jan 13, 2017
    The 85th Texas Legislature convened on Tuesday. Watch this TMA Legislative News Hotline video featuring Darren Whitehurst, TMA’s vice president of advocacy, laying out some top legislative priorities and key challenges for this session.
    TMA Legislative News Hotline: Monday, June 1, 2015
    Sine Die! The Texas Senate and House of Representatives officially concluded the 84th legislative session midday today. Lawmakers were busy putting finishing touches on some important bills over the weekend, and several of interest to medicine moved forward.
  • TMA's 2017 Legislative Agenda Aims to Build on Past Achievements

     

    From maintaining physicians' right to bill for their services and cracking down on narrow health insurance networks, to cutting more Medicaid red tape and making more room for doctors-in-training, the Texas Medical Association's 2017 legislative agenda aims to build on past achievements. A tough budget year and wholesale review of the state's health professions licensing boards could generate some challenges, while the presidential election results should renew conversations over reforming Medicaid and health care delivery overall.

    Building on Success  
  • TMA Video: Why Did I Get That Bill?

    Doctors understand it’s frustrating to have health insurance coverage but still receive unexpected medical bills. Watch this video to learn about Stanley and the surprise medical bills he received… and learn why he received them.

  • First Tuesdays 2017: Taking Medicine’s Message to the Capitol

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    Don't miss your chance to work with lawmakers to influence legislation that affects you and your patients. TMA urges physicians, medical students, and TMA Alliance members to make their presence felt in Austin in the 2017 legislative session by participating in First Tuesdays at the Capitol.

    February 7 * March 7 * April 4 * May 2

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  • Texas Legislature Articles

    Meaningful Prompt Pay Remedies Still Needed

    Testimony by Patricia Kolodzey: Associate Director, TMA Legislative Affairs DepartmentHouse Committee on Insurance, March 30, 2016 On Interim Charge # 3: Evaluate the statutory penalty calculations under Texas's prompt payment laws regarding health care claims. Include an analysis of whether the proper benchmarks are used to establish penalties commensurate with an improper payment and the effect of the abolition of the Texas Health Insurance Pool on the use of funds collected under the statute.

     

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  • TMA's Medicaid Recommendations Can Improve Care, Reduce Costs

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    As state lawmakers begin preparing for the 2017 legislative session, TMA and four state specialty societies delivered a detailed, five-page document with significant recommendations to improve the Texas Medicaid program. 

    Suggestions to the Senate Health and Human Services Committee  
  • State Should Prepare for Public Health Emergencies

     

    We appreciate the governor’s designation of the Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response, and we offer our support and expertise to this diverse group. While clearly there is substantial institutional and organizational strength in the task force, we encourage you to recognize the need to include physicians who directly practice in clinical settings.

     

    Read Dr. Huang's Testimony