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.
Member Interest Group: Rural Physicians
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Residents of rural communities are more likely to use tobacco products, to start at a younger age, to use more heavily and to be exposed to secondhand smoke at work and at home than their counterparts in cities and suburbs.
Both children and adults in rural areas are far more likely to be overweight than their urban and suburban counterparts. Investing in obesity prevention is vital to keeping rural residents healthy.
Thanks in part to several legislative victories, Texas is finding innovative ways to chip away at physician shortages in the state’s rural areas.
The composition of rural America today is predominantly elderly. Individuals 65 years and over constitute approximately 13.1% of the American population; however, 20% of the elderly live in non-metropolitan designated areas. (Source: NRHA)
Rural physicians generally have large caseloads of Medicaid patients. TMA is working to reduce the Medicaid red-tape so rural physicians can focus on their patients and maintain a viable practice.
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