March 28, 2019
- WHAT: Hundreds of Texas Medical Association (TMA) lab coat-clad Texas physicians and medical students, and TMA Alliance members will fill the Capitol for First Tuesdays at the Capitol advocacy day on April 2.
TMA expects the largest crowd this session for the April “white-coat invasion.” Hundreds of medical students will bus to Austin to join their physician mentors to urge legislators to support good patient care.
The lobbyists-for-a-day will refer to TMA’s Healthy Vision 2025 prescription as they urge lawmakers to back bills that beef up health insurance networks with physicians to lessen patients’ likelihood of getting surprise bills; protect low-income Texans’ access to medical care to keep them productive; make motherhood safe; and improve prescribing and prescription tracking to help reduce opioid abuse.
Physicians from communities across Texas take time away from their practices to advocate for health care and fight to preserve the patient-physician relationship. This is the third such event this legislative session; the final First Tuesdays event takes place on May 7. TMA began conducting First Tuesdays in 2003.
- WHEN: Tuesday, April 2, at 8:30 am (and much of the day)
- WHERE: The State Capitol and Capitol Extension (beginning at the TMA building, 401 W. 15th St., Austin)
- WHO: TMA physicians, medical students, and TMA Alliance members (volunteers who are physicians or spouses of TMA physicians) from across Texas
- WHY: TMA physicians urge legislators to follow TMA’s recommendations to better Texans’ health by improving health insurance for policyholders (including helping them avoid surprise bills); protecting new mothers from illness and death; insuring more Texans; preventing teens from getting hooked on tobacco; and more. TMA’s plan has 75 recommendations to improve the health of Texans.
TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation, representing nearly 53,000 physician and medical student members. It is located in Austin and has 110 component county medical societies around the state. TMA’s key objective since 1853 is to improve the health of all Texans.
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Reporters: Please call TMA to arrange an interview with a physician from your area.
Brent Annear (512) 370-1381; cell: (512) 656-7320; email: brent.annear[at]texmed[dot]org
Marcus Cooper (512) 370-1382; cell: (512) 650-5336; email: marcus.cooper[at]texmed[dot]org
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March 28, 2019