Legislative Hotline Video: Prior Auth Reform, GME Take Center Stage At The Capitol
By Brent Annear

Big issues bring out big voices in this week’s Texas Medical Association Legislative News Hotline video. 

TMA’s president, board members, and Council on Legislation members testified in Capitol committees this week, pushing for prior authorization reform and improvements to graduate medical education. 

We also get a glimpse at the House budget passed this week, and we hear briefly from Rep. John Zerwas, MD (R-Richmond), the House chief budget writer. 

Also, the newest lawmaker from the family of medicine, Rep. Julie Johnson (D-Carrollton), tells us what’s driving her to reform health insurance. 

Watch all of that 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

April 05, 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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