Tx Leaders to Discuss Health Reform, New Health Laws

  • WHAT: Top leaders and health care and media experts will cover challenges to the new federal health law, a milestone in medical liability reform, and significant health care-related laws passed during the 2013 legislative session during the Texas Medical Association's (TMA's) 2013 Fall Conference.  

NOTE: Can't attend? TMA will live stream U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz' (R- Texas) remarks at the TMA meeting for those who cannot be here in person. View the live stream here.

 Highlights -- these speakers will appear in person:

  • Sen. Ted Cruz will provide a congressional update regarding the Affordable Care Act and other topics.
  • Stephen L. Brotherton, MD, TMA President will look back on the significance of Texas' passage of medical liability reform, 10 years after this landmark decision. 
  • State Reps. Sarah Davis (R-West University Place) and Bennett Ratliff (R-Coppell) will discuss new health laws passed by the 83rd Texas Legislature. Evan Smith, CEO and editor-in-chief, The Texas Tribune, will also provide a recap of the session.

   Reporters and photojournalists, please be prepared to present your media credentials at the table outside the ballroom to access the general session.

  • WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, 8:45-11:45 am (see agenda)

8:45-9 am        Opening Remarks & 10th Anniversary of Prop 12: Stephen L. Brotherton, MD, TMA President 

9-9:30 am        U.S. Congressional Update: U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R- Texas)                                                                                               

9:30-10:40 am Protecting the Patient-Physician Relationship: State  Reps. Sarah Davis (R-West University Place), and Bennett Ratliff (R-Coppell)   

11-11:45 am    183rd Legislative Recap: Evan Smith, CEO and editor-in-chief, The Texas Tribune

  • WHERE: AT&T Conference Center, Level 3, Grand Ballroom, 1900 University Ave., Austin
  • WHY:  Much of today's top news pertains to health care. From the start of enrollment in the Affordable Care Act's health insurance marketplace, to congressional challenges to the health reform law, to the recent 10th anniversary of Texas' landmark medical liability reform, to advances made this past legislative session to protect the patient-physician relationship, medicine and health care are at the center of the biggest news this year. TMA 2013 Fall Conference is designed to enlighten physicians about all of the changes in the health care landscape as they strive to provide the best care for their patients.

Texans elected Ted Cruz to serve in the U.S. Senate last year. His tenure in the Senate has been a significant departure from the traditional freshman role. Whether people agree or disagree with his politics or tactics, it is obvious that he will continue to play a significant role in national Republican politics. TMA plays an integral role in state and national health policy and strives to build positive working relationships with elected officials regardless of their political party. As an organization representing nearly 50,000 physicians and medical students, TMA has members who support and oppose Senator Cruz's position. TMA's goal is to inform the senator's views on medicine in support of Texas physicians and their patients. 

TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation, representing more than 47,000 physician and medical student members. It is located in Austin and has 112 component county medical societies around the state. TMA's key objective since 1853 is to improve the health of all Texans.

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