The Texas Medical Association's political arm is giving TMA a running start
in next year's battles to protect patients and their physicians, TEXPAC Chair
Jerry Hunsaker, MD, says.
TEXPAC released a list of 125 endorsed candidates for the March 4 party
"TMA has a great record of advocating for patients," Dr. Hunsaker said. "But
it's not because we walk over to the Capitol and win just because we're right.
We win only because of all the work that goes on at election time."
The endorsed slate of candidates includes five TMA member physicians and one
TMA Alliance member.
"I strongly encourage you to get out and vote, and vote for these excellent
candidates," Dr. Hunsaker said. "We have a great slate of men and women
committed to working with TMA to improve care for all of our patients."
He also reminds TMA members that today, Feb. 3, is the last day to register
to vote for the March 4 primaries. (Voter registration cards must
be postmarked by midnight.) Early voting runs from Tuesday, Feb. 18, through
Friday, Feb. 28.
The TEXPAC-endorsed candidates for the March 4 party primaries are:
For U.S. Senate: John Cornyn (R)
lieutenant governor: David Dewhurst (R)
For attorney general: Dan Branch (R)
For comptroller of public accounts: Harvey Hilderbran (R) (open
Supreme Court of Texas
Place 1: Nathan Hecht (R)
6: Jeff Brown (R)
Place 7: Jeffrey Boyd (R)
Place 8: Phil Johnson
Courts of Appeals
Third Court of Appeals (Austin), Place
2: Jeff Rose (R)
Ninth Court of Appeals (Beaumont), Place 3: Leanne Johnson
SD 1: Kevin Eltife (R-Tyler)
SD 2: Bob
Deuell, MD (R-Greenville)
SD 3: Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville)
Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe) (open seat)
SD 10: Mark Shelton, MD (R-Fort
Worth) (open seat)
SD 14: Kirk Watson (D-Austin)
SD 15: John Whitmire
SD 16: John Carona (R-Dallas)
SD 17: Joan Huffman
SD 23: Royce West (D-Dallas)
SD 31: Kel Seliger
Texas House of Representatives
HD 4: Lance Gooden
HD 6: Skip Ogle (R-Tyler) (challenger)
HD 8: Byron Cook
HD 9: Chris Paddie (R-Marshall)
HD 11: Travis Clardy
HD 12: Kyle Kacal (R-Pearland)
HD 13: Lois Kolkorst
HD 14: John Raney (R-Bryan)
HD 15: Bruce Tough (R-The
Woodlands) (open seat)
HD 18: John Otto (R-Dayton)
HD 20: Marsha Farney
HD 22: Joe Deshotel (D-Beaumont)
HD 24: Greg Bonnen, MD
HD 25: Dennis Bonnen (R-Angleton)
HD 27: Ron Reynolds
HD 28: John Zerwas, MD (R-Richmond)
HD 30: Geanie
HD 31: Ryan Guillen (R-Rio Grande City)
HD 32: Todd
Hunter (R-Corpus Christi)
HD 34: Abel Herrero (D-Robstown)
HD 35: Oscar
HD 36: Sergio Muñoz (D-Palmview)
HD 37: Rene Oliveira
HD 38: Eddie Lucio III (D-Brownsville)
HD 39: Mando
HD 40: Terry Canales (D-Edinburg)
HD 41: Bobby Guerra
HD 42: Richard Raymond (D-Laredo)
HD 43: J.M. Lozano
HD 44: John Kuempel (R-Seguin)
HD 46: Dawnna Dukes
HD 47: Paul Workman (R-Austin)
HD 48: Donna Howard
HD 49: Elliott Naishtat (D-Austin)
HD 51: Eddie Rodriguez
HD 52: Larry Gonzales (R-Round Rock)
HD 53: Rob Henneke
(R-Kerrville) (open seat)
HD 54: Jimme Don Aycock (R-Killeen)
HD 55: Ralph
HD 57: Trent Ashby (R-Lufkin)
HD 59: J.D. Sheffield,
HD 60: Jim Keffer (R-Eastland)
HD 64: Myra Crownover
HD 66: Glenn Callison (R-Plano) (open seat)
HD 70: Scott
HD 71: Susan King (R-Abilene)
HD 72: Drew Darby
HD 73: Doug Miller (R-New Braunfels)
HD 74: Poncho Nevarez
HD 75: Mary Gonzalez (D-Clint)
HD 76: Naomi Gonzalez (D-El
HD 77: Marisa Marquez (D-El Paso)
HD 78: Joe Moody (D-El Paso)
79: Joe Pickett (D-El Paso)
HD 80: Tracy King (D-Batesville)
HD 81: Austin
Keith (R-Odessa) (open seat)
HD 82: Tom Craddick (R-Midland)
HD 85: Phil
HD 86: John Smithee (R-Amarillo)
HD 87: Four Price
HD 88: Ken King (R-Canadian)
HD 90: Lon Burnam (D-Fort
HD 92: Andy Cargile (R-Hurst) (challenger)
HD 94: Diane Patrick
HD 95: Nicole Collier (D-Fort Worth)
HD 99: Charlie Geren
HD 100: Eric Johnson (D-Dallas)
HD 101: Chris Turner
HD 103: Rafael Anchia (D-Dallas)
HD 104: Roberto Alonzo
HD 107: Ken Sheets (R-Dallas)
HD 109: Helen Giddings
HD 110: Toni Rose (D-Dallas)
HD 111: Yvonne Davis
HD 112: Angie Chen Button (R-Garland)
HD 114: Jason Villalba
HD 115: Bennett Ratliff (R-Coppell)
HD 116: Trey Martinez
Fischer (D-San Antonio)
HD 117: Philip Cortez (D-San Antonio)
HD 118: Joe
Farias (D-San Antonio)
HD 119: Roland Gutierrez (D-San Antonio)
Ruth Jones McClendon (D-San Antonio)
HD 121: Joe Straus (R-San Antonio)
122: Lyle Larson (R-San Antonio)
HD 123: Mike Villarreal (D-San
HD 125: Justin Rodriguez (D-San Antonio)
HD 127: Dan Huberty
HD 128: Wayne Smith (R-Baytown)
HD 131: Alma Allen
HD 133: Jim Murphy (R-Houston)
HD 134: Sarah Davis (R-West
HD 136: Tony Dale (R-Cedar Park)
HD 137: Gene Wu
HD 139: Sylvester Turner (D-Houston)
HD 140: Armando Walle
HD 141: Senfronia Thompson (D-Houston)
HD 142: Harold Dutton
HD 143: Ana Hernandez Luna (D-Houston)
HD 144: Mary Ann Perez
HD 145: Carol Alvarado (D-Houston)
HD 146: Borris Miles
HD 147: Garnet Coleman (D-Houston)
HD 148: Jessica Farrar
HD 149: Hubert Vo (D-Houston)
The Texas Medical Association Political Action Committee (TEXPAC) is a
bipartisan political action committee of TMA and affiliated with the American
Medical Association Political Action Committee (AMPAC) for congressional
contribution purposes only. Its goal is to support and elect pro-medicine
candidates on both the federal and state levels. Voluntary contributions by
individuals to TEXPAC should be written on personal checks. Funds attributed to
individuals or professional associations (PAs) that would exceed legal
contribution limits will be placed in the TEXPAC administrative account to
support political education activities. Contributions are not limited to the
suggested amounts. TEXPAC will not favor or disadvantage anyone based on the
amounts or failure to make contributions. Contributions are subject to the
prohibitions and limitations of the Federal Election Campaign Act.
Contributions or gifts to TEXPAC or any CMS PAC are not deductible as
charitable contributions or business expenses for federal income tax
Federal law requires us to use our best efforts to collect and report the
name, mailing address, occupation, and name of employer of individuals whose
contributions exceed $200 in a calendar year. To satisfy this regulation, please
include your occupation and employer information. Contributions from a practice
business account must disclose the name of the practice and the allocation of
contributions for each contributing owner. Should you have any questions, call
TEXPAC at (512) 370-1361.
Paid for by the Texas Medical Association Political Action Committee, 401
W. 15th St. Austin, TX 78701.
The Board of Governors of the Texas Medical Liability Trust
(TMLT) has voted to dedicate $20 million to its Trust Rewards Program for 2014.
TMLT uses Trust Rewards to reward policyholders for their loyalty.
The allocation brings the Trust Rewards total to $150 million.
"We stand by our Texas physicians and provide them with more benefits than
any competitor," said TMLT President and Chief Executive Officer Charles R. Ott
Jr. "The Trust Rewards program is an excellent demonstration of TMLT's superior
Each year when a physician's policy renews, funds are set aside in the Trust
Rewards account. The funds will be allocated to policyholders at the time of
retirement or other qualifying event.
TMLT, the largest medical liability insurance provider in Texas, is the only
medical professional liability insurance provider created and exclusively
endorsed by TMA.
Jim Bob Brame, MD, a family physician in Eldorado, turns 85 this year. Dr.
Brame is a former TMA president who still cares deeply about organized medicine.
In a recent speech to the Concho Valley County Medical Society, he gave his
colleagues 10 years' worth of reasons for belonging to TMA:
- 2003 — Passed strong liability reform and a prompt pay law
that are working.
- 2005 — Generated $1 billion-plus in relief for physicians
through national class action suits against for-profit insurance companies.
- 2006 — Prevented onerous taxes on medical practices.
- 2007 — Won 25-percent increase in Texas Medicaid payments
- 2008 — Convinced Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas to
rescind a plan to rate physicians on how cheaply we care for our patients.
- 2009 — Won passage of a bill defining fair rating plans for
- 2010 — Opposed passage of President Obama's Affordable Care
Act (which doesn't seem to be working very well).
- 2011 — Defended physicians' clinical autonomy by protecting
the ban on the corporate practice of medicine, and outlawed anonymous complaints
to the Texas Medical Board.
- 2012 — Restored state payment of the Medicare Part B
deductible for patients covered by both Medicare and Medicaid.
- 2013 — Won passage of a bill defining physician-led,
team-based care, stopping nurse practitioners' drive for independent practice.
For 2014, the association is preparing to launch the TMA
Physician Services Organization, which will provide products and services to
help physicians survive against the big-money hospitals and insurance companies
that want to gobble us up.
If you like this list, share it with nonmembers and ask them to join TMA
and their county society.
And if you haven't paid your 2014 dues yet, it's past time. Please renew today.
During March 3-7, Medicare will conduct national tests
for submitting claims using the ICD-10 coding system. The testing week will give you access to
the Novitas Common Electronic Data Interchange (CEDI) for testing, with
real-time help-desk support.
To help you get ready, Novitas Solutions, the Medicare carrier for Texas, has
added a Frequently Asked Questions section to its website.
Please continue to check the Frequently Asked Questions as you prepare to test.
Registration for testing week continues through Feb. 28. You can register online.
Clearinghouses and billing services are only required to enroll with one of
their submitter IDs. Physicians and providers linked to a clearinghouse or
billing service do not need to enroll.
Call (855) 252-8782 for more information.
Remember, you must begin using the ICD-10 system on claims to Medicare and
all other payers starting Oct. 1, 2014, or you will not be paid.
The TMA website offers information to help you make
the transition to ICD-10, including answers to frequently asked questions,
detailed timelines and checklists, an on-demand webinar, questions you need to
ask your electronic health record vendor, and access to transition