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Border Health Caucus: Who We Are - 12/02/2019

The status of health care along the U.S.-Mexico border is the canary in a coal mine for the rest of the United States. The 33-county region tops the nation’s charts for its high rates of residents who live in poverty or are uninsured, obese, diabetic, or have other chronic health care challenges and worries about long-term care. The demand for health care far outstrips available supply and access.


Border Health Caucus: In Numbers - 12/02/2019

Variation in population density can make access to health care a challenge for some, as physicians tend to work in more populous urban centers. For instance, El Paso County has a population density of 791 people per square mile, while Brewster County has 1.5 people per square mile. These two graphics illustrate just how expansive the Border region actually is.


8th Annual Border Health Conference: Huge Success - 12/02/2019

The 8th Annual Border Health Conference was held August 23, 2013 in Laredo, Texas.  This was the first time the Texas Medical Association’s Border Health Caucus held the conference on the border. U.S. House Representative Henry Cuellar served as the congressional chair for the event.  Participants included the Mexican health ministry, local government, insurance plans, and physicians from across the state. The purpose of the conference was to address issues in several areas including: Public Health Collaboration between U.S. and Mexico, Graduate Medical Education, the Sustainable Growth Rate, and the Affordable Care Act.  Attendees also toured a local Colonia and health clinic so they could see firsthand the challenges facing border patients.


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.”


Physicians to Address Care Issues at 14th Border Health Conference - 08/15/2019

Top physicians and other health care leaders will meet in Laredo, Texas, to discuss critical health care needs and the challenges that face communities along the U.S.-Mexico border, during the 14th Annual Border Health Conference.


Help Prevent Unwanted Teen Pregnancies in the RGV - 08/06/2019

If you would like training on Nexplanon and IUD counseling, insertion, and removal, the Texas Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy is offering a free workshop Aug. 28 in Brownsville. The training will run in conjunction with the South Texas Adolescent Health Summit.


Borders Without Enough Doctors: El Paso Physicians Volunteer Care for Asylum-Seekers - 08/02/2019

Dr. Gutierrez is part of a small group of El Paso physicians who provide volunteer medical care at the city’s 18 shelters for asylum-seekers entering the United States through the Texas border. What started in October 2018 as a local, ad hoc way to address health care needs among the steady stream of immigrants is gradually turning into a statewide — even national — network of volunteer physicians.


TMA's Legislative Hotline - 06/19/2019

Want to stay fully informed of the latest dealings in the Texas Legislature when it is in session? Then subscribe today to TMA’s Legislative Hotline, which will be delivered via Texas Medicine Today.


Improve Health in Border Communities - 04/09/2019

Each year Texas gains more than half a million new residents, and many of these residents – children and adults – live and work in the counties bordering Mexico. Both urban and rural border counties have varying levels of public health resources but all face growing challenges to protect the health of their residents. Our local and state public health infrastructure must be prepared to respond to emerging health threats.


Health Care for Undocumented Immigrants in Texas - 06/26/2018

Providing health care to the 1.6 million undocumented immigrants in Texas is an existing challenge. Despite continued growth of this vulnerable population, legislation between 1986 and 2013 has made it more difficult for states to provide adequate and cost-effective care. As this population ages and develops chronic illnesses, Texas physicians, health care administrators, and legislators will be facing a major challenge.


Texas Doctors Ready to Help Care for Migrant Children - 06/22/2018

Just as they did several years ago, Texas physicians stand ready to volunteer their help as the federal government addresses an influx of thousands of migrant children and their families at the United States-Mexico border.


Commentary: Clear direction needed - 05/03/2018

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


TMA's 2015 Legislative Victories Build on Past Successes - 04/26/2018

In a 2015 legislative session marked by new state leadership, new money, and big shifts in how Texas' major health care agencies oversee care delivery, the house of medicine remained as steady as ever in its mission to ensure physicians can give their patients the best care possible. That resolve paid off in significant victories that largely build on the Texas Medical Association's 2013 legislative successes.


Physicians Foundation Checks Your Pulse - 04/20/2018

The Physicians Foundation is surveying you and your 650,000 physician colleagues across the country to determine how satisfied you are with the current state of medicine. The survey asks about the state of your practice, your morale, your career plans, and whether you can continue providing services in light of escalating regulatory and financial burdens.


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. 


At Last: Answers About Picking Marketplace Health Insurance - 03/14/2018

This week: If insurance is mandated by the government, how do you know if the plan you pick is OK? And how many plan options do consumers have? For that matter, how do you pick a plan? Can you keep your current plan? Read on, for answers.


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.