Expanding Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act would help put a substantial dent in the number of uninsured Texans, a new report by the Kaiser Family Foundation shows.
By David Doolittle
The days are getting longer, both because it’s finally spring – and the legislative session is beginning its final act. Before the House and Senate adjourned for the long Easter weekend, some bills the Texas Medical Association is watching moved on to the next step in the legislative process.
After hearing story after story of delays and denials, the Texas Medical Association is pushing the Texas Legislature to sign off on measures that would significantly curb insurers’ ability to require prior authorization on needed care, as well as clarify for both physicians and patients what it means when prior authorization is required.
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine will stop considering race or ethnicity when selecting candidates for admission, part of an agreement with the U.S. Education Department’s civil rights office.
By Ellen Terry
By Tammy Wishard
More than halfway into the 86th Texas Legislature, scope of practice and maternal health take center stage. Check out Texas Medicine's Bill Watch on these issues, while brushing up on TMA's overall Healthy Vision priorities. Plus ... See how physicians use TMA's monthly megaphone to amplify that advocacy agenda to lawmakers during this year's first First Tuesdays at the Capitol lobbying event. Read the Latest Issue