Legislative Hotline Video: Don’t Penalize Physicians For Protecting Patients
By Brent Annear

Should the state take away physicians’ Medicaid and CHIP payments if they choose not to provide care for any unvaccinated patient? 

This week’s TMA Legislative News Hotline video takes an in-depth look at a bill that would penalize doctors who make this difficult choice to protect their most vulnerable patients. Austin pediatrician Mai Duong, MD, tells us why the bill would be harmful. 

Speaking of Medicaid, TMA President Doug Curran, MD, explains why the Texas should boost the state-federal funding to help these patients, as the House-Senate Budget Conference Committee finalizes the state’s spending plan for the next two years. 

Also, TMA Council on Socioeconomics Chair John Flores, MD, tells us about the benefits of a bill to cut some prior-authorization requirements, and who could be aided by such a plan. He testified in support of the bill, House Bill 3232, this week. 

And we  summarize which top TMA legislative priorities are still in play this session, with a few highlights, including the measure to renew the Texas Medical Board, a balance-billing solution, and the bill to raise the minimum age for sale of tobacco products to 21. 

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 26, 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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