Stories written by Jennifer Perkins

Legislative Hotline: TMA Recommends Multipronged Approach to Address Texas’ High Uninsured Rate - 03/05/2021

TMA is asking the Texas Legislature to consider supporting a multifaceted strategy to provide comprehensive coverage to uninsured and underinsured Texans, a population whose rolls have swelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and its economic effects.  


Legislative Hotline March 1: TMA Expands on Calls for Lawmakers to Fund Texas Public Health Initiatives - 03/01/2021

On Friday, TMA submitted written testimony to the Senate Finance committee, which continued its discussion on the section of the proposed state budget that focuses on health and human services.


Legislative Hotline: House Committee Assignments Revealed - 02/05/2021

The legislative calendar is quickly ticking by, and with the bill filing deadline only five weeks away, the House and Senate will have to hit the ground running when lawmakers return next week.


First Tuesdays at the Capitol Was a Virtual Success - 02/03/2021

Almost 200 physicians, medical students, and alliance advocates logged on to Zoom for the first-ever virtual First Tuesdays at the Capitol on Tuesday, which featured an in-depth briefing on TMA’s legislative agenda for this session.


Help Shape Medicine’s Future Through Virtual First Tuesdays at the Capitol - 01/29/2021

The 2021 session of the Texas Legislature is under way, and the Texas Medical Association needs your voice to help advance medicine’s key issues at the Capitol. Beginning Feb. 2, join TMA and the TMA Alliance for a new virtual format of First Tuesdays at the Capitol, scheduled at noon each month through May.


First Tuesdays at the Capitol Are Now Virtual - 01/26/2021

This year, instead of hosting early morning in-person First Tuesdays at the Capitol events in Austin, the Texas Medical Association lobby team will take a virtual deep dive into TMA’s legislative priorities during the lunch hour. You will be able to arm yourself with the information you need to successfully advocate on behalf of health care in Texas, conveniently from your home or practice.


Hotline Jan. 21, 2021: Physicians to Have Strong Voice in Texas Senate - 01/21/2021

When Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick released the Texas Senate’s committee assignments last week, the Texas Medical Association was pleased to see extensive committee roles carved out for the chamber’s three physician-legislators.


Legislative Hotline Jan. 14: Senate Reduces Votes Needed to Debate Bills - 01/21/2021

A decrease in the Republican majority in the Senate this session prompted an inevitable discussion Wednesday about the procedure for bringing bills to the floor for debate.


The House of Medicine Needs You to Vote – TODAY - 01/20/2021

If you didn’t cast an early ballot, get out and vote today before 7 p.m. Support the candidates who support physicians and our patients.


TMA to Fight for Health Coverage Expansion, Scope of Practice During 2021 Legislature - 12/08/2020

At the 2020 Texas Medical Association Advocacy Retreat on Saturday, Debra Patt, MD, chair of TMA’s Council on Legislation, laid out a preview of medicine’s top legislative priorities for the upcoming session.


Texas Physician Should Have Leadership Role on U.S. House Committee, TMA Tells Lawmakers - 11/16/2020

U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess, MD (R-Lewisville), the senior physician representing Texas in Washington, D.C., should be the ranking Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which directly affects health care nationwide, the Texas Medical Association told key GOP lawmakers this week.


Stand Up for Medicine – VOTE TOMORROW - 11/02/2020

Election Day is tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 3. Don’t let reports of high levels of turnout keep you from voting. The outcome of some of the races that TMA is watching have the potential to impact medicine’s advocacy.


Last Chance For Early Voting: The House of Medicine Needs You - 10/30/2020

Election Day – Nov. 3 – is less than one week away. Early voting ends tomorrow – Friday, Oct. 30. Statewide, nearly half of Texas’ record number of registered voters have taken advantage of early voting to cast ballots. Ensure the House of Medicine’s voice is heard by voting.


TEXPAC-Endorsed Candidates to Be Strong Advocates for Medicine - 10/22/2020

Early voting begins Tuesday, Oct. 13, and ends Friday, Oct. 30. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 3. TEXPAC, the Texas Medical Association’s nonpartisan political arm, has endorsed candidates from all levels of elected office across Texas.


How Has COVID-19 Affected Care Along the Border? - 09/15/2020

The Border Health Caucus and the Texas Medical Association will host a Tele-Town Hall meeting on COVID-19 specifically for physicians caring for patients along the border at 7 pm (CT), Thursday, Sept. 17.


The House of Medicine Needs You … To Register to Vote - 09/10/2020

If you’re new to Texas, never registered before, or have moved since the last election, you will need to register by Monday, Oct. 5, to be eligible to vote in the November elections.


How Has COVID-19 Affected Care in the McAllen Area? - 08/26/2020

The Border Health Caucus and Texas Medical Association have created a weekly summer Zoom series focused on COVID-19 health care along the border. This week’s meeting, which will focus on care in the McAllen area, is scheduled for 7 pm (CT) Thursday, Aug. 27.


“I Literally Cried” – Practices React to TMA-Aided PPE Shipments - 08/14/2020

Thanks to TMA's PPE Portal, practices across the state have begun reporting to TMA they’ve received PPE, including masks, gowns, and gloves. Here are some of their stores.


How Has COVID-19 Affected Care in the Laredo Region? - 08/05/2020

The Border Health Caucus and Texas Medical Association have created a weekly summer Zoom series focused on COVID-19 health care in the border region. The next meeting – scheduled for 7 pm CT Thursday, Aug. 6 – will focus on care in the Laredo area.


Medicine-Friendly Candidates Prevail in Tuesday’s Runoff Elections - 07/15/2020

Most of the Texas House and Senate candidates backed by TEXPAC won their races in Tuesday’s primary runoff elections and will move on to November’s general election.


Get the Latest on COVID-19, Just for Border Physicians - 06/23/2020

The Texas Medical Association and the Border Health Caucus will host a tele-town hall meeting on COVID-19 specifically for physicians caring for patients in the border regions of Texas at 7 pm (CT) today.


TEXPAC’s Candidates Nearly Sweep the Super Tuesday Field - 03/04/2020

Nearly every one of the 132 legislative candidates endorsed by TEXPAC, the Texas Medical Association political action committee, won their party’s nomination in the March 3 primary. Another five are headed for runoff elections on May 26. Only two lost outright.


Register to Vote by Monday - 01/29/2020

Elections, particularly the spring party primaries, determine the practice environment for Texas physicians and our patients. And election season is upon us. To help elect medicine-friendly candidates in the March primaries, you must be registered to vote by Monday, Feb. 3.


Legislative Hotline: Governor Signs Key Prior Authorization Bill - 06/26/2019

The work of the 86th Texas Legislature passed its final stage at midnight Sunday, the deadline for Gov. Greg Abbott to to sign, veto, or allow bills to become law without his signature. Among those he signed this weekend was Senate Bill 1742, which requires greater transparency with prior authorizations and mandates that utilization reviews be conducted by a Texas-licensed physician in the same or similar specialty as the physician requesting the service or procedure. It also requires health plan directories to clearly identify which physician specialties are in-network at network facilities.


Governor Vetoes Bill That Would’ve Protected Texas’ Youngest - 06/20/2019

Legislation to protect young children by using rear-facing car seats made it to the finish line during the legislative session that ended in May, only to be vetoed by Gov. Greg Abbott early this week. House Bill 448 by Rep. Chris Turner (D-Grand Prairie) would have required children younger than 2 to ride in a rear-facing car set, unless the child is taller than 40 inches and weighs more than 40 pounds, or had a medical condition preventing him or her from sitting in such a seat.