The TMA Disaster Relief Program has awarded a total of $341,600 to 28 practices that were damaged by Hurricane Harvey during the first round of application reviews.
The practices, which employ 107 physicians and 936 staff members, are located throughout federally designated disaster areas, including Beaumont, Columbus, Houston, Orange, Aransas Pass, and Victoria. Most had extensive water damage due to flooding, which has required remodeling, relocating to a temporary location, and replacing equipment.
The TMA Disaster Relief Program has received almost $1 million in donations to help physicians whose practices sustained physical Harvey-related damage not covered by insurance or other sources of assistance.
Funds have come from generous donors throughout Texas and the United States as well as The Physicians Foundation; the American Medical Association; the medical societies of California, Massachusetts, Louisiana, Rhode Island, and Harris County; and New York's Henry Schein Cares Foundation. To make a donation, please visit the TMA Foundation webpage.
"Although the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey was substantial, the generosity physicians showed their affected colleagues was even more powerful," said TMA President Carlos J. Cardenas, MD. "This assistance will help these practices return to doing what they do best: protecting the health and well-being of their patients and their communities."
Assistance is available for practices in FEMA-declared counties that sustained uninsured, underinsured, or nonreimbursable property damage and do not have adequate funding to cover the damage. This includes relocating or rehabilitating their medical office, replacing equipment, rebuilding patient records, and paying temporary operating expenses, including rent for temporary offices and other working capital requirements.
To be eligible, applicants:
- Must be licensed physicians practicing in Texas,
- May apply only once per disaster, and
- May amend previously submitted applications if additional information becomes available.
Apply for disaster relief assistance online. Applications and proof of insurance claim (if applicable) must be remitted and are limited to one application per practice.
A special committee of the TMA Physicians Benevolent Fund, chaired by Immediate Past President Don R. Read, MD, of Dallas, is reviewing the applications and deciding on aid awards.
Contact Gail Schatte at (512) 370-1600 or by email if you have questions about the program or need help completing the application.
View TMA's Disaster Preparedness & Response Resource Center for additional resources regarding recovery from Hurricane Ike.
Action, Oct. 17, 2017