Texas Physicians Ask Lawmakers to Fund Critical Health Services

Texas Physicians Ask Lawmakers to Fund Medicaid, Medical Education, Disease Prevention, Women’s Health, and Mental Health

April 29, 2015  

Seven of Texas’ largest physician organizations — representing more than 48,000 physicians and medical students — today urged state House and Senate budget negotiators to “craft a cost-effective budget that addresses Texas' significant health care needs.”

“Our organizations understand that in the coming weeks you will be faced with myriad and often competing requests to approve one budget item over another,” the groups wrote in a joint letter to senators and representatives who are hammering out the details of the state’s 2016-17 spending plan. “Tough choices will be required to fashion a budget that meets the health, educational, and safety needs of our diverse and burgeoning state.

“Of primary importance to physicians is ensuring our patients have access to effective, timely, and high-quality health care — the same goals we know you share. Adoption of the recommendations below will help Texas achieve these mutual goals. They will also ensure Texas remains an economically prosperous and competitive place to do business by:

  • Ensuring low-income Texans have timely, reliable access to primary care physicians within their communities;
  • Promoting a robust physician workforce to meet Texas’ diverse and growing population;
  • Strengthening the state’s public health system to ensure early detection of potential disease outbreaks and to better manage costly chronic diseases, such as asthma and diabetes;
  • Fostering early intervention and treatment of mental illness; and
  • Providing preventive health and wellness services to low-income women.”

The organizations submitting their recommendations for a healthy Texas are the:

  • Texas Medical Association;
  • Texas Pediatric Society;
  • Texas Academy of Family Physicians;
  • Texas Chapter of the American College of Physicians Services;
  • American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Texas Chapter;
  • Texas Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists; and
  • Federation of Texas Psychiatry.

A copy of the detailed, five-page letter to the members of the House-Senate Conference Committee on House Bill 1 is available on the Texas Medical Association website.

TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation, representing more than 48,000 physician and medical student members. It is located in Austin and has 110 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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Contact: Steve Levine (512) 370-1380; cell: (512) 750-0971; email: steve.levine@texmed.org
                Brent Annear (512) 370-1381; cell: (512) 656-7320; email: brent.annear@texmed.org  

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