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TMA Grant to Help Vaccinate Houstonians for Free
Children and adults in two Texas communities, Houston and El Paso, will receive disease-preventing and potentially life-saving vaccinations, thanks to special grants from the Texas Medical Association’s (TMA’s) Be Wise —ImmunizeSM program. TMA recently awarded $3,300 in grants to TMA chapters at two of the state’s medical schools to provide free vaccinations to uninsured and underinsured Texans in their hometowns.

TMA Grant to Help Vaccinate El Pasoans for Free
Children and adults in two Texas communities, El Paso and Houston, will receive disease-preventing and potentially life-saving vaccinations, thanks to special grants from the Texas Medical Association’s (TMA’s) Be Wise —ImmunizeSM program. TMA recently awarded $3,300 in grants to TMA chapters at two of the state’s medical schools to provide free vaccinations to uninsured and underinsured Texans in their hometowns.

Doctors Race to Understand Spike in Texas’ Maternal Mortality Rate
Mothers in Texas die more often during or after pregnancy than women in most other states, and a state task force is studying why.

Texas Physicians Offer Legislators Fix for Surprise Billing Problem
The Texas Medical Association (TMA) and its physician members recognize surprise medical billing is a problem, and are offering lawmakers solutions that address the root causes. Physicians point to a confusing health insurance system they say leaves policyholders/patients too-often unaware, subject to unexpected out-of-pocket costs, inadequate coverage, and physicians frustrated by limited access to patients and their health plan networks.

TMA Applauds Trump Appointment to HHS
Statement by Texas Medical Association (TMA) President Don R. Read, MD, on President-Elect Donald Trump’s announcement that he will appoint U.S. Rep. Tom Price, MD, of Georgia as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Insurers’ Delays Burden Patients, Physicians; Could Cost Patients More
A growing number of physicians say health insurers are slow to enroll them as plan providers in the health plan’s insurance network, which spells fewer physician choices for patients and financial strife for the doctors. The process of “credentialing” — when plans contract with a doctor, finalize enrolling him or her in their system, and acquire hospital and facility privileges for the doctor — is taking twice as long as normal. Physicians say three of the state’s biggest health plans, UnitedHealthcare (UHC), Aetna, and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX), are delaying enrolling doctors in networks to reduce plan costs and increase the plans’ revenue.

 

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