Legislative Hotline Video: What’s Missing From Texas’ Draft Budget?
By Brent Annear

Lawmakers released their two-year spending plan for 2020-21 this week, but TMA Immediate Past President Doug Curran, MD, says one item that’s not included was greatly needed: A pay hike for doctors who care for Medicaid patients. 

This week's TMA Legislative News Hotline Video summarizes the pros and cons of the budget plan from medicine's perspective, including spending proposals for maternal health, public health, behavioral health, and graduate medical education. 

Debra Patt, MD, TMA Council on Legislation's chair-elect, describes why lawmakers should broaden state policing of insurance network adequacy. She testified in support of a bill proposing that change – one of more than a dozen bills on which we provide a lightning-round status summary in the final full week of the 86th session of the Texas Legislature. 

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

June 03, 2019

Originally Published On

May 24, 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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