TMA's Legislative News Hotline

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Hotline is a daily electronic newsletter for TMA members only that reports the legislature's latest actions on bills affecting Texas medicine. The hotline is delivered each legislative day before noon beginning Jan. 1. A weekly recap, delivered each Sunday, is also available.

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Latest issues of TMA's Legislative News Hotline

TMA Legislative News Hotline: Friday, Feb. 17, 2017
Watch this week's TMA Legislative News Hotline video to hear a top physician describe the logic behind the push to increase Texas’ tobacco-use age to 21, and see the House budget-writing committee in action.

TMA Legislative News Hotline: Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017

Today TMA expressed “grave concern” over funding for public health infrastructure. TMA urged the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Article II to fund the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) adequately, particularly the department’s key exceptional item requests: ensuring basic public health capacity, strengthening the state public health laboratory, and preventing and controlling the spread of infectious diseases. 

In the midst of hearing comments on graduate medical education (GME) by Texas medical school presidents and leaders Wednesday, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Article III heard from someone on the front lines — a medical student.

TMA Legislative News Hotline: Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017

Graduate Medical Education: TMA Board of Trustees medical student member Kayla Riggs testified before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Article III, urging sufficient graduate medical education (GME) funding. Public Health — Prevention: The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Article II, regarding health and human services, met today and earlier this week as well. Today Texas Commissioner of Health John Hellerstedt, MD, described to Article II Subcommittee members the importance of funding public health and prevention initiatives, citing the expected increase in Texas Zika cases as one example. Public Health — Environment: Tuesday, TMA asked the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Articles VI, VII, & VIII to appoint a voice of medicine to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).

TMA Legislative News Hotline: Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017
The House Public Health Committee convened Tuesday for an organizational meeting and invited testimony about public health and safety-net issues, including Medicaid, the 1115 Waiver, the Healthy Texas Women’s Program, and the Early Childhood Intervention program.

TMA Legislative News Hotline: Monday, Feb. 13, 2017
The Texas House of Representatives’ Appropriations Committee wasted no time getting to work Monday on the state budget, as chair Rep. John Zerwas, MD (R-Simonton), called the meeting to order at 7:30 am. The 29-member committee heard testimony from the Legislative Budget Board, providing legislators with a state spending overview. The committee faces the challenge of creating a state budget in a lean revenue year.