Texas Physicians Unite To Protect Patient Care
By David Doolittle



Medicine needed help at the Capitol, and Texas physicians answered the call.

Over the past four months, almost 1,300 Texas doctors, medical students, and Texas Medical Association Alliance members came to Austin for TMA’s First Tuesdays at the Capitol advocacy events.

Yesterday was the final First Tuesdays of the 2019 legislative session, and about 300 TMA members met with their lawmakers face to face.

Since it began in 2003, the “White Coat Invasion” has been an effective way to ensure that state lawmakers work to keep Texas medicine-friendly. Our senators and representatives listen when their hometown doctors appear in lawmakers’ offices.

There are still several ways to advocate for medicine between now and May 27, the final day of the regular session:

  • When called to do so, respond to Grassroots Action Center alerts on specific bills via our new VoterVoice app.
  • Join TMA Leading Advocates, TMA’s exclusive Facebook group for legislative advocacy open only to TMA and TMA Alliance members, and TMA and county medical society staff. Enjoy special features, news in advance, and a community of TMA members who are excited to talk about the Texas legislature and medicine's advocacy priorities.

If you have a question about a specific bill, contact the advocacy team via the TMA Knowledge Center by email or call (800) 880-7955, Monday-Friday, 8:15 am to 5:15 pm CT. 

Images by Matt Lemke








Last Updated On

May 08, 2019

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Dave Doolittle is editor of Texas Medicine and Texas Medicine Today. Dave grew up in Austin, where he attended culinary school as well as the University of Texas. He spent years covering Central Texas for the Austin American-Statesman newspaper. He is the father of two girls, a proud Longhorn, and an avid motorsports fan.

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