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Lobbying Tips - 01/14/2021

The involvement of physicians, medical students and alliance members is vital to the success of TMA’s grassroots lobbying efforts. A vital asset to TMA’s professional lobbying team, only you can give your state legislators the most accurate picture about how the issues really affect the practice of medicine and the patients of Texas. TMA offers some tips for lobbying your legislator on the issues of importance to you.


Texas Law: Health Care Worker Vaccination and Patient Safety - 04/26/2018

TMA worked closely with the Texas Pediatric Society, and the Texas Nurses Association and the Texas Hospital Association to support the legislation which goes into effect on September 1, 2012.The legislation requires each health care facility that is licensed by the Texas Department of State Health Services, to have a policy that identifies the requirements for vaccination for each employee or anyone that comes into contact with patients in their facility. This includes physicians, volunteers, or others that are not directly employed by a facility.


TMA Supports Privacy Law Clarification on Training Requirements - 04/26/2018

The 2011 Texas Legislature passed House Bill 300, with TMA’s support. We recognize the leadership of Chair Nelson, who has been involved with every privacy bill this state has passed, including House Bill 300 sponsored by the chair of House Public Health Committee, Rep. Lois Kolkhorst. HB 300 further strengthened the state law protecting the privacy of Texans’ medical records. That law, however, unintentionally created some questions for physician practices in their attempt to comply fully with the new training requirements.


Good Faith Price Estimates Hinge on Health Insurers - 06/13/2016

As you have heard in earlier testimony presented on behalf of TMA, the requirement for the provision of a good-faith estimate by a physician or health care provider about the actual expected payments hinges on the ability to obtain that information from health plans. This committee substitute has no such requirement.


Dr. Buckingham Supports Legislation to Regulate Silent PPOs - 06/13/2016

This legislation would put into place a much-needed law to regulate companies or networks that sell, lease, or share physician discounts without the physician’s knowledge or consent.


How to be an Effective Lobbyist for Medicine - 05/12/2016

The involvement of physicians, medical students and alliance members is vital to the success of TMA’s grassroots lobbying efforts. A vital asset to TMA’s professional lobbying team, only you can give your state legislators the most accurate picture about how the issues really affect the practice of medicine and the patients of Texas.


Texas Legislative Glossary - 05/12/2016

Texas Legislative Glossary


Obesity Prevention - 05/06/2016

Obesity continues to threaten Texas’ physical and fiscal health. More than 40 percent of Texas children are overweight or obese. Research indicates an overweight child has a 70 percent chance to be overweight or obese as an adult.