Six months after Hurricane Harvey ravaged the Texas coast, the Texas Medical Association continues to provide financial assistance to practices the storm damaged.
Through mid-February, the TMA Disaster Relief Fund has provided more than $757,000 to 53 practices in 18 Texas cities, including Houston, Friendswood, Beaumont, Victoria, Kingwood, Columbus, Port Arthur, and Spring. The practices employ 166 physicians and 1,277 non-physician staff members.
Most practices suffered extensive water damage that in most cases required remodeling, repairs, relocation to temporary facilities, and replacement of equipment.
“Although Hurricane Harvey no longer makes daily headlines, many practices are still dealing with the effects of the storm every day,” said TMA Immediate Past President Don R. Read, MD, chairman of a special committee of the TMA Physicians Benevolent Fund. The committee has been reviewing applications to determine assistance amounts based on need. “TMA has helped these hard-working physicians and their staff do what they do best: care for the well-being of their communities and Texas as a whole.”
Assistance is still 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,
- Are not required to be members of the TMA,
- May apply only once per disaster, and
- May amend previously submitted applications if additional information becomes available.
Apply for disaster relief assistance online while funds are available. Applications, a proof of insurance claim (if applicable), and an itemization of out-of-pocket expenses must be remitted.