Legislative Hotline Video: Physicians Push For Stronger Medical Board, Liability Protections
By Brent Annear

In this week’s Texas Medical Association Legislative News Hotline video, five TMA physicians argue why they support various bills that would extend children’s Medicaid, preserve liability protections for physicians who respond to disasters, and strengthen the Texas Medical Board (TMB).

First, TMA Board Secretary/Treasurer Michelle Berger, MD, lobbies for TMB improvements during a sunset review bill hearing.

Pediatrician Ben Raimer, MD, explains why Medicaid should cover eligible children continuously for 12 months instead of the current patchwork schedule, and he describes the current system’s challenges to patients, parents, and doctors. Thousands of kids are bumped off of Medicaid each month though nearly all are eligible to stay covered.

Also, see Beau Briese, MD, a Houston emergency physician, tell lawmakers why new liability protection for doctors during disasters is necessary. He should know: He ran an emergency clinic during Hurricane Harvey.

Other physicians tell us why they support bills to protect and improve the lives of our most vulnerable people: our children and long-term care facility residents.

Watch all of this and more in this week’s TMA Legislative News 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

March 29, 2019

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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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