Health System Reform

The Uninsured in Texas Quick Links - 11/13/2019

The Uninsured in Texas Quick Links


Beyond the Slogan “Medicare for All” - 10/03/2019

Medicare For All is becoming popular among Democratic lawmakers and the public. But, as popular as the concept is, the details are lost in the simple slogan of “Medicare for All.”


Commentary: Clear direction needed - 05/03/2018

The best course for providing health care lies between entitlements and options


Letting ZDoggMD off the Chain - 04/11/2018

Burnout caused Zubin Damania, MD, to go from everyday physician to “the Weird Al of medicine.” He’ll share his prescription for fixing health care and helping doctors at TexMed 2018.


“Hey, Doc,” TMA’s Education Campaign, Returns - 03/14/2018

“Hey, Doc” is back to help Texas’ patients and reporters understand the 2015 Affordable Care Act (ACA) health insurance marketplace. Open enrollment begins Nov. 15.


“Hey, Doc,” who must enroll in the marketplace? - 03/14/2018

Enrollment for the health insurance marketplace begins in three days — Nov. 15. Texas physicians want to ensure you have the information you need to start the enrollment process. They week’s “Hey, Doc” segments discuss who must enroll for health insurance and possible penalties for those who decide not to purchase insurance.  


“Hey, Doc” Answers Questions About the ACA Marketplace - 03/14/2018

Enrollment for the Affordable Care Act's health insurance marketplace opened last week. Texas physicians want to make sure patients have all the information they need to make informed decisions when purchasing their insurance coverage, so this week's "Hey, Doc" info segment answers some frequently asked questions about health insurance. 


Can I Keep My Doctor with This Health Insurance? - 03/14/2018

It’s probably one of the most common questions for anyone shopping health insurance: Can I keep my doctor on this plan? The Texas Medical Association’s (TMA’s) “Hey, Doc” educational campaign about the health insurance marketplace (created by federal health system reform, or the Affordable Care Act) answers that question this week, and more.


Hey, Doc, Can Health Insurance Subsidies Help Me? - 03/14/2018

This week’s segment in Texas Medical Association’s (TMA’s) “Hey, Doc” health insurance marketplace education campaign answers questions about the tough part — paying for insurance — and how to get assistance. 


Hey, Doc, When I Can I Renew My Marketplace Health Insurance? - 03/14/2018

This week’s segment in Texas Medical Association’s (TMA’s) “Hey, Doc” health insurance marketplace education campaign answers more questions about aid provided to some Texans who enroll in the Exchange, called subsidies, and how to renew your marketplace plan.


How to Buy Marketplace Insurance - 03/14/2018

Knowing what’s important when choosing a health plan, how to use benefits, and where to turn for help can be challenging for most of us when purchasing health coverage. That’s why the Texas Medical Association started the “Hey, Doc” educational campaign in 2013. This week we’re discussing the different kinds of health insurance plans available and costs. 


What If My ACA Marketplace Health Plan Excludes My Doctor? - 03/14/2018

This week’s installment of Texas Medical Association’s (TMA’s) “Hey, Doc” education campaign offers some suggestions for what to do if you find your marketplace health plan excludes your doctor.


When & How Do I Enroll (or Re-Enroll) in the Marketplace? - 03/14/2018

This week, TMA’s “Hey, Doc” answers Texans’ questions about when they can sign up for marketplace insurance, how to apply for coverage, and where to get help enrolling.


Where Can I Get More Information About the Marketplace? - 03/14/2018

In this week’s installment of “Hey, Doc,” TMA provides a list of reliable resources for Texans to learn more about the marketplace ahead of open enrollment on Nov. 15.


With Marketplace Health Insurance, Who Will Care for Me? - 03/14/2018

This week’s Texas Medical Association (TMA) “Hey, Doc” educational segment explains health insurance networks and how they influence patients’ ability to pick a doctor to take care of them. 


My Battle with Guideline Fatigue Syndrome - 02/28/2018

Too often different guideline committees have differing values. And values influence how we view data and certainly what we value in developing our guidelines. You likely know several examples of "dueling guidelines" – breast cancer screening, prostate cancer screening, and goals of diabetes control.