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 goal of the conference was to facilitate communication and develop solutions to the unique challenges that health care providers, insurance plans, and individuals face along the border. It is imperative that access to care can be a reality for all Texans. The Border Health Conference is the most effective tool at the Caucus’ disposal to address the difficulties we face in providing care. Mark your calendar for next year’s 9th Annual Border Health Conference in Washington D.C.
Border Health Conference Presentations
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November 21, 2013