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: Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Senate Budget: Tuesday the Texas Senate unanimously passed its budget bill, the Committee Substitute to Senate Bill 1, with no amendments. A steady stream of TMA physicians visited committee hearing rooms Tuesday, testifying on several important bills on tobacco-use age; telemedicine; medical liability and more.

TMA Legislative News Hotline: Friday, March 24, 2017
Watch this week’s TMA Legislative News Hotline video to hear the authors of legislation to raise the tobacco-use age explain what inspires them to sponsor it. Also, a TMA physician leader explains the dangers of letting a nonphysician interpret serious symptoms without oversight. Finally, take a peek at the new online Prescription Monitoring Program, as lawmakers hear testimony about possibly requiring physicians to use the system whenever they write a prescription for a controlled substance. Catch all of this and more in this week’s brief video report.

TMA Legislative News Hotline: Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Senate Budget: The Committee Substitute to Senate Bill 1, the body’s budget bill, is on the Texas Senate’s calendar for today. The Senate Finance Committee unanimously passed the $106.3 billion general revenue fund budget last week. The measure relies on delaying a $2.5 billion payment for transportation funding to the next budget cycle to remove it from this cycle’s balance sheet. Doing so places the tally within Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar’s biennial revenue estimate of $104.9 billion — which is all lawmakers can allocate for the next budget cycle.

TMA Legislative News Hotline: Monday, March 27, 2017

“Chiropractic Cardiology?!?” It’s time to remind Senators what chiropractic is, and what it is not. TMA sent this Code Blue alert yesterday urging physicians to write their senators urging support of amendments to Senate Bill 304, the Chiropractic Board Sunset Bill by Sen. Van Taylor (R-Plano). “There is no such thing as ‘chiropractic neurology’ or ‘chiropractic cardiology’ or ‘chiropractic endocrinology,’” and permitting chiropractors to use such specialty terms and to diagnose and treat all systems of the human body causes confusion in patients, TMA’s bulletin to physicians reads. 

TMA Legislative News Hotline: Thursday, March 23, 2017
Senate Budget: On Wednesday, the Senate Finance Committee unanimously passed its proposed budget for the 2018-19 budget cycle. The bill allocates a total of $217.7 billion for the next two years, of which $106.3 billion is from state general revenue. The measure relies on delaying a $2.5 billion payment for transportation funding to the next budget cycle to remove it from this cycle’s balance sheet.

TMA Legislative News Hotline: Week Ending March 17, 2017
Watch this week's TMA Legislative News Hotline video to see which programs might suffer under new budget proposals, and hear a physician describe how one proposed change to mental health screens would help his patients. Also, see a public health bill of interest to TMA pass one chamber, hear a physician leader explain why extending Medicaid eligibility helps patients and saves money, and learn about two TMA-priority bills that a committee passed this week. All of this and more in this week’s video report.