Legislative Hotline Video: Physicians Fight For Improved Insurance Directories
By Brent Annear

Some of Texas medicine’s most familiar faces – and some new ones – lobby lawmakers to support bills beneficial to physicians and their patients in this week’s TMA Legislative News Hotline video. 

“What happened? All of a sudden we were out of network,” says Keller anesthesiologist John Scott, DO, describing the time a health plan suddenly dropped his practice and forced his patients to pay medical bills they assumed their insurance would cover. 

Dr. Scott and Dallas cardiologist Rick Snyder, MD, a TMA Board trustee, each describe the arguments they gave Texas legislative committees in support of measures to shore up insurance networks and to improve their provider directories. 

TMA President Doug Curran, MD, was back in Austin this week too, explaining to lawmakers why backing a Medicaid managed care overhaul bill would help patients and the doctors who care for them. 

Dallas geriatrician Robert Fine, MD, tells us two end-of-life bills not only would be bad for patients, they also could “mandate that physicians violate” their ethical code to first do no harm. One bill could require physicians to continue medically ineffective treatment in end-of-life care situations. 

TMA Council on Legislation member John Carlo, MD, speaks in support of a prior-authorization bill that would scrap that requirement for HIV and AIDS prescription medications. He tells us having a multitude of insurers with different mandates is complicated, and ultimately delays patient care. 

See that and more in this week’s TMA Legislative News Hotline video summary of action at the Capitol.

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

May 03, 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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