More Physicians to Flood Capitol on March “First Tuesdays” Advocacy Day

February 27, 2019

First Tuesdays

  • WHAT: Building on the great turnout and success of the Texas Medical Association’s (TMA’s) initial First Tuesdays at the Capitol advocacy day in February, TMA expects about twice the attendance in the March “white-coat invasion.” As many as 400 lab coat-clad Texas physicians and medical students, and TMA Alliance members will fill the Capitol to urge legislators to support good patient care on March 5.
    The doctors will cite TMA’s Healthy Vision 2025 advocacy prescription to urge lawmakers to back bills that defend people’s health, protect new mothers from illness and death, insure more Texans, improve health insurance for policyholders, and more.

    Some of the physicians also will participate in a news conference calling for lawmakers’ support of Tobacco-21 (T-21) legislation to raise the legal age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21.

    The doctors also will dedicate the TMA building in recognition of TMA Executive Vice President and CEO Louis J. Goodman, PhD, for his 22 years of leadership of America’s largest state medical society. TMA has scheduled the ceremonial dedication for 8 am. Dr. Goodman recently announced his retirement. 

    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 during TMA’s First Tuesdays events.
  • WHEN: Tuesday, March 5, at 8 am (and much of the day) Note these highlights:
    o The TMA Lou Goodman building dedication happens at 8 am at the TMA building
    o The T-21 news conference takes place at 9 am at the Capitol in the Speaker’s Committee Room, 2W.6.
  • WHERE: The TMA building, 401 W. 15th St., Austin; and the State Capitol and Capitol Extension
  • 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. Some of TMA’s priority prescriptions: Ensure health insurance networks are flush with physicians to lessen patients’ likelihood of getting surprise bills; protect young Texans from becoming addicted to life-threatening tobacco products; protect low-income Texans’ access to medical care to keep them productive; make motherhood safe; and refine 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.

    This is the second of TMA’s First Tuesdays events; the remaining events will occur on 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 participating 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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March 09, 2019