Doctors to Lobby Lawmakers on Session’s Last “First Tuesdays” Event

 May 1, 2019

  • WHAT: Hundreds of Texas Medical Association (TMA) physicians, TMA Alliance members, and medical students will return to Austin for TMA’s First Tuesdays at the Capitol advocacy day next Tuesday, May 7.

    This will be TMA’s fourth of four “white-coat invasion” grassroots lobby days this legislative session, when physicians urge legislators to support good patient care.

    As we enter the final weeks of the session, the doctors will continue to cite TMA’s Healthy Vision 2025 legislative prescription, asking lawmakers to back bills that protect low-income Texans’ access to medical care to keep them productive, make motherhood safe, cut burdensome prior-authorization requirements that delay and deny patient care, improve health insurance for policyholders (including helping them avoid surprise bills), and improve prescribing and prescription tracking to help reduce opioid abuse.

    TMA hopes to push these bills and issues across the finish line:

    • House Bill 1504 – Texas Medical Board sunset
    •  House Bill 1 (budget) – Increase funding for mental health, women’s health, and graduate medical education (GME), and approve Medicaid physician payment rate increase 
    •  Senate Bill 750, House bills 1110 and 744, and Senate Bill 2132 – Maternal health improvements, including extending Medicaid eligibility to 12 months postpartum and increasing access to care through Healthy Texas Women
    •  Senate Bill  1264 – Surprise billing legislation
    •  House Bill  3911 – Improve insurance network adequacy
    •  House bills  2327, 2387, 2408, and 2520 – Reform/reduce prior-authorization requirements 
    •  Senate Bill  21 – Raise tobacco and vape-use age
    •  Senate Bill  10, House Bill 10 – Comprehensive mental health care initiatives
    •  House bills 1065, 2261 – Improve access to physicians’ care in rural areas; expand GME incentives to accomplish this
    •  Senate Bill  762 – Liability protections for physician volunteers in disasters 
     
  • WHEN: Tuesday, May 7, 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 know time is limited to convince some legislators to support bills that help prevent teens from getting hooked on tobacco, and more. TMA’s plan has 75 recommendations to improve the health of Texans. TMA began conducting First Tuesdays at the Capitol advocacy days in 2003.

 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. 

Contacts:

Brent Annear (512) 370-1381; cell: (512) 656-7320; email: brent.annear@texmed.org

Marcus Cooper (512) 370-1382; cell: (512) 650-5336; email: marcus.cooper@texmed.org

Last Updated On

May 01, 2019