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  • Read the Latest TMA Legislative Testimonies 

    Addiction Treatment Helps More Than Incarceration
    (Written Testimony on Senate Bill 1147, April 24, 2019)

    Don’t Punish Physicians For Practicing Patient-Centered Medicine
    (Testimony on Senate Bill 2351 by by Mai Duong, MD, April 23, 2019)

    Fix Surprise Billing and You’ll Fix the Need to Report Collections
    (Written Testimony on Senate Bill 1037 by Jason Terk, MD, April 23, 2019)

    Streamlining Newborn Screening Consent
    (Testimony on Senate Bill 1404 by Mai Duong, MD, April 23, 2019) 

    Keep Kids Safe – Make School Vaccine Rates Available
    (Testimony on Senate Bill 329 by Mai Duong, MD, April 23, 2019) 

    Medical Debt and Credit Reports
    (Testimony on House Bill 2732 by David Bryant, MD, April 16, 2019)

    Transparency in Prior Auth and Physician Referrals
    (Testimony on House Bill 3828 by John Flores, MD, April 16, 2019)

    Eliminate Prior Auth for In-Network Physicians
    (Testimony on House Bill 3232 by Testimony by John Flores, MD, April 16, 2019)

    Keep Water Safe for Schoolchildren
    (Written Testimony on House Bill 997, April 16, 2019)

    Incentivize Texas-Grown Produce in the SNAP Program
    (Testimony on House Bill 3541 by Ryan Lowery, MD, April 16, 2019)

    Protect Texas Youth From Powdered Alcohol
    (Testimony on House Bill 1610 by Maria Monge, MD, April 16, 2019) 

    Include Physicians on Long-Term Care Facilities Council
    (TMA Written Testimony on Senate Bill 1519, April 10, 2019)

    Will Tax Incentives Spur Medicaid Care?
    (Written Testimony on House Bill 453, April 9, 2019)

    Raise Taxes on Vape Products to Decrease Youth Usage
    (Comments on House Bill 4013, House Bill 3364, and House Bill 1144, April 9, 2019)

    Make Medicaid Managed Care More Efficient
    (Testimony on House Bill 4178 by Doug Curran, MD, April 9, 2019)

    Improve Health in Border Communities
    (Testimony on Senate Bills 1119, 1121, 1312, and 1313, April 9, 2019)

    Protect Babies – Cover Newborn Screening Tests
    (Testimony on House Bill 2582 by John Carlo, MD, April 9, 2019)

    Require Network Directory Accuracy
    (Testimony on Senate Bill 1742 by John Carlo, MD, April 9, 2019)

    Require Timely Updates to Network Directories
    (Testimony on House Bill 1880 by John Scott, DO, April 9, 2019) 

    Don’t Eliminate Fitness Assessments in Schools
    (Testimony on Senate Bill 1376, April 4, 2019)

    Stop APRN Scope Expansion
    (Testimony in Opposition to House Bill 1792 Dara Grieger, MD, April 4, 2019)

    Chiropractors Are NOT Neurologists – Don’t Expand Their Scope
    (Written Testimony on House Bill 2733, April 4, 2019)

    Syringe Service Programs Stop Spread of Disease
    (Written Testimony on House Bill 1722, April 4, 2019)

    Medical Homes Are Essential For Children’s Health Care
    (Testimony on House Bill 3458 by Ben Raimer, MD, April 4, 2019)

    Allow Peace Officers to Administer Epinephrine
    (Written Testimony on Senate Bill 1827, April 4, 2019)

    Syringe Service Programs Are Important to Public Health
    (Written Testimony on House Bill 75, April 3, 2019)

    Enforce Network Adequacy
    (Testimony In SUPPORT of HB 3911 by Ray Callas, MD, April 2, 2019)

    Protecting Patient Information Without Additional Burdens
    (Written Testimony on House Bill 4390 by Rep. Capriglione | House Bill 4518 by Rep. Martinez Fischer, April 2, 2019)

    Protecting Patients From Balance Bills
    (Testimony In SUPPORT of CSHB 2967 by Oliverson and CSHB 3933 by Martinez Fischer by Ray Callas, MD, April 2, 2019)

    Pharmacy Benefit Management System Needs Reform
    (Testimony In SUPPORT of HB 2231 by of Debra Patt, MD, April 2, 2019)

    Prohibit Step Therapy in Metastatic Cancer
    (Testimony on House Bill 1584 by Debra Patt, MD, April 2)

    Strengthen Medicaid MCO Oversight and Improve Access to Care
    (Testimony on House Bill 2453 by Doug Curran, MD, April 2, 2019)

    Help Children Develop Healthy Habits Early
    (Testimony on House Bill 1808 by Kimberly Avila Edwards, MD, FAAP, April 2, 2019)

    Preserve Physician Liability Protections in Emergencies
    (Testimony on House Bill 2362 by Moss Hampton, MD, April 1, 2019)

    Make Sure GME Capacity Mirrors Enrollment Growth
    (Testimony by Cynthia Jumper, MD on Senate Bill 1378, March 27, 2019)

    Secure Patients’ Protected Health Information - Senate Bill 944
    (TMA Written Testimony on Senate Bill 944, March 26, 2019)

    Improving Awareness of Firearm Safety
    (TMA Written Testimony on House Bill 3054, March 26, 2019)

    Improving Trauma-Informed Care for Children
    (In Opposition of House Bill 2368 and House Bill 1536, March 26, 2019)

    Prohibit PA on Mandated Benefits
    (Testimony by Debra Patt, MD on House Bill 2408, March 26, 2019)

    Take Patients Out of the Middle of Balance Billing – The Right Way
    (Testimony by Ray Callas, MD on House Bill 3933, March 26, 2019)

    Bring Transparency to Prior Authorization
    (Testimony by Doug Curran, MD on House Bill 2327, March 26, 2019)

    Utilization Reviews Should Be Done by Texas-Licensed Physicians
    (Testimony by Doug Curran, MD on House Bill 2387, March 26, 2019)

    Plans Should Inform Patients of Network Status When Requiring PA
    (Testimony by Debra Patt, MD on House Bill 2520, March 26, 2019)

    Plan Directories Should Cross-Reference Physician Network Status
    (Testimony by Rick Snyder, MD On House Bill 2630, March 26, 2019)

    Prevent Non-Medical Switching by Plans
    (Written Testimony on House Bill 2099, March 26, 2019)

    Preserve Texas’ Newborn Screening Program
    (TMA Testimony on SB 747 by Jason Terk, MD, March 21, 2019)

    Protect Patients From Inadequate, Narrow Networks
    (TMA Testimony on SB 1264  by Jason Terk, MD, March 21, 2019) 

    Make it Healthier to Be a Mom in Texas – Expand Access to Care
    (Testimony by Moss Hampton, MD, Mar. 19, 2019)

    Protect Texas’ Youth – Raise the Smoking and Vaping Age
    (Testimony by John Carlo, MD, March 18, 2019)

    Strengthen and Renew the Texas Medical Board
    (TMA Testimony by Michelle Berger, MD on HB 1504, March 13, 2019) 

    Improve Access to Maternal Health Care
    (TMA Testimony by Eugene Toy, MD, March 5, 2019)

    Improve Access to Care for Working Texans
    (Testimony by TMA, Feb. 6, 2019)

    Read all of the TMA 86th Texas Legislature Letters and Testimonies

  • Update: Ten Measles Cases Reported in Texas

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    Ten cases of measles have been reported in Texas this year, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) said in a statement Wednesday. The 10th case is an adult who was visiting Guadalupe County from the Philippines, where there is an ongoing measles outbreak, the statement said.

    Cities With Confirmed Cases  
  • Most Texans Support Mandatory Childhood Vaccinations, Poll Shows

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    Although an anti-vaccine movement has continued to grow in Texas, the vast majority of voters support requiring vaccinations for Texas children, results from a poll released this week show. This is the third public opinion survey with very similar findings to be released in Texas in the past nine months.

    Check Out the Numbers  
  • Mumps: Virus Causes Puffy Cheeks and Sometimes, Serious Complications

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    The bottom line: Mumps is a viral contagious disease. People know mumps for patients’ swollen cheeks and jaw, but patients also suffer fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, and loss of appetite. Outbreaks occur every year in the United States and Texas. The MMR vaccine protects people against this disease.

    Find Out How Quickly
    It Can Spread
     
  • TMA: Put Health Back Into Health Care

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    Addressing Texas’ maternal health crisis, improving Medicaid coverage and payment, and making health insurance work for patients are among the Texas Medical Association’s (TMA’s) top priorities in its new advocacy agenda, TMA Healthy Vision 2025.

    TMA Sets 75 Ambitious
    Goals for Lawmakers
     
  • Doctors, Insurers, Hospitals Meet to Set Priorities for Strengthening Medicaid Managed Care

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    As the future of Texas Medicaid promises to be a central topic of discussion in the 86th Texas Legislature, leaders from three pillars of the Texas health care system gathered in Austin on Oct. 12 for a first-ever summit to identify and commit to working on shared priorities for strengthening the program.

    Key Players Outline Plans to Strengthen Medicaid  
  • Do Republicans Support Strong Immunization Laws? Overwhelmingly!

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    Most Republican voters want schoolchildren to have their shots before going to school, according to a recent Texas survey.

    Survey Findings