Physicians to Fill Capitol on Feb. 5’s “First Tuesdays”

February 1, 2019

First Tuesdays

  • WHAT: The “white-coat invasion” is a sight to see: Continuing a 16-year tradition, hundreds of lab coat-clad Texas physicians and medical students, and TMA Alliance members will fill the Capitol to urge legislators to support good patient care during the Texas Medical Association’s (TMA’s) initial First Tuesdays at the Capitol advocacy day of the 86th Texas Legislature. The doctors will cite TMA’s Healthy Vision 2025 advocacy prescription to urge lawmakers to back bills that protect new mothers’ health, insure more Texans, improve health insurance for policyholders, defend public health, and more.

    Physicians from large cities and small towns across the state take time away from their practices to advocate for health care and to preserve the patient-physician relationship.

  • WHEN: Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 8 am (and much of the day)
  • WHERE: State Capitol and Capitol Extension (beginning at the TMA building, 401 W. 15th St., Austin)

  • WHO: TMA physicians, medical students, and TMA Alliance members (volunteers who are physicians and/or spouses of TMA physicians) from across Texas
  • WHY: TMA physicians urge legislators to follow TMA’s Healthy Vision 2025 recommendations to improve the health of all Texans by ensuring health insurance networks are flush with physicians to lessen patients’ likelihood of getting surprise bills; protecting low-income Texans’ access to medical care to keep them productive; making motherhood safe; and refining prescribing and prescription tracking to help reduce opioid abuse. TMA’s plan has 75 recommendations to improve the health of Texans.

    First Tuesdays participants will urge lawmakers to support these and several other issues important to Texas patients. The doctors, medical students, and alliance members also will fill the House of Representatives gallery as Gov. Greg Abbott delivers his State of the State speech.

    This will be the first of TMA’s First Tuesdays events; the others occur on March 5, April 2, and May 7. TMA began conducting First Tuesdays in 2003.

TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation, representing nearly 53,000 physician and medical student members. It is located in Austin and has 110 component county medical societies around the state. TMA’s key objective since 1853 is to improve the health of all Texans.

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Reporters: Please call TMA to arrange an interview with a physician from your area.


Brent Annear (512) 370-1381; cell: (512) 656-7320; email: brent.annear[at]texmed[dot]org

Marcus Cooper (512) 370-1382; cell: (512) 650-5336; email: marcus.cooper[at]texmed[dot]org

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February 01, 2019

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February 01, 2019