Hotline Video: Medicine Calls For Tobacco Reforms
By Brent Annear

In this week’s TMA Legislative Hotline Video, watch physicians and lawmakers argue why a bill making its way through the Capitol could save the lives of thousands of young Texans.

Dallas public health physician John Carlo, MD, who chairs the Texas Public Health Coalition; Rep. John Zerwas, MD (R-Richmond); and TMA President Doug Curran, MD, were front and center speaking in support of Senate Bill 21, which would raise the tobacco sale age from 18 to 21.

We also hear Dr. Curran describe to lawmakers why he backs a bill that would expand Medicaid coverage for Texas’ working poor and would ensure coverage for pre-existing conditions.

Odessa family physician Timothy Benton, MD, explains what thousands of Texans could lose if lawmakers don’t pass a rural residency grant program bill.

And watch as the who’s who of TMA and government at a special ceremony honoring Louis J. Goodman, PhD, CAE, TMA’s executive vice president and CEO.

All of that and more are featured in this week’s TMA Legislative Hotline video.     

Also, make sure you receive TMA’s Legislative News Hotline each day, via Texas Medicine Today. Here’s how: Just log in to the Edit My Interests page on your TMA profile. Ensure you get all the legislative updates by selecting "Health care issues in the Texas Legislature" as one of your Grassroots and Advocacy interests, and TMA’s updates on the latest bills affecting medicine will arrive in your inbox as part of Texas Medicine Today at 2 pm each day lawmakers convene at the Capitol throughout Texas’ 86th legislative session.

Last Updated On

April 12, 2019

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Brent Annear

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Brent Annear is TMA’s director of media relations and PR. He joined TMA in 2001 after working two decades in television news. Brent and his team share TMA’s mission and vision with the world through news releases, blog and social media posts, and videos. He is a University of Texas graduate who hails from Minnesota. Brent is married and has two stepsons. He enjoys photography, golf, travel, volunteering and woodworking projects, and he is a private pilot. 

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