Medical Emergency: Act Now!

Help preserve access to quality health care for dual-eligible patients and the physicians who care for them. "Dual-eligibles" are people old enough to qualify for Medicare as their health insurer and poor enough to qualify for Medicaid assistance. Hundreds of thousands of them live across Texas. Budget cuts and bureaucratic bungling threaten their care – and more.

Please ask Texas legislators and the Legislative Budget Board to reverse the cap on Medicaid-allowable payments for dual-eligible patients. Add your name to the "Medical Emergency Petition" today. Share it with your colleagues, friends, and family. Help the Hidalgo-Starr County Medical Society collect a thousand-plus signatures by March 27 for its "House Call" (aka town hall meeting) in McAllen. Texas legislators and the Health and Human Service Commission are invited. Help us demonstrate how the state cuts to dual-eligible patients affect your patients and your practice.

Caution: Asking patients to sign the petition in your waiting rooms using your patient contact information to solicit petition signatures is not advised. HIPAA restricts such use without first obtaining HIPAA-compliant patient authorization.  

Action, March 15, 2012