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Latest issues of TMA's Legislative News Hotline
TMA Legislative News Hotline: Monday, Feb. 27, 2017
Today’s hearing wraps up budget testimony that began Feb. 21 from universities with medical schools. The subcommittee has heard from chancellors for the state’s public university systems and presidents of the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth; The University of Texas health science centers in Houston, San Antonio, and Tyler; The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston; and The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. The leadership of Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and MD Anderson Cancer Center also provided testimony.
TMA Legislative News Hotline: Friday, Feb. 24, 2017
Watch this week's TMA Legislative News Hotline video to see a medical student leader testify before a House subcommittee, urging legislators to provide adequate graduate medical education (GME) funding; and hear concerns from a TMA committee chair about planned public health budget cuts. That and more in this week’s video report.
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.