How Has COVID-19 Affected Care in the McAllen Area?
By Jennifer Perkins


The evolving COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt patient care, and neither the state’s economy nor Texas practices are immune to the effects of this crisis. 

To give Texas physicians the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19, the Border Health Caucus and Texas Medical Association created a weekly summer Zoom series focused on health care along the border.

The Hidalgo-Starr County Medical Society will host this week’s Zoom meeting, which will focus on care in the McAllen area. The meeting is scheduled for 7 pm (CT) Thursday, Aug. 27. Capacity is limited, so please register early.

Scheduled guests and speakers include:

  • State Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa (D-McAllen);
  • State Sen. Judith Zaffirini (D-Laredo);
  • State Rep. Terry Canales (D-Edinburg);
  • State Rep. Bobby Guerra (D-Mission);
  • State Rep. Ryan Guillen (D-Rio Grande City);
  • State Rep. Armando “Mando” Martinez (D-Weslaco);
  • State Rep. Sergio Muñoz Jr. (D-Palmview);
  • Jamie Dudensing, CEO, Texas Association of Health Plans; and
  • Stephanie Stephens, deputy executive commissioner of Medicaid and CHIP Services, Texas Health and Human Services Commission.

The discussion will include an update on COVID-19, regional public health efforts to contain the virus, and Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) and physician and provider payment issues.

The call will be moderated by Victor Gonzalez, MD, vice chair of the Border Health Caucus, and Lenore DePagter, DO, president of the Hidalgo-Starr County Medical Society.

The weekly Zoom series will culminate in a tele-town hall meeting scheduled for 7 pm (CT) Thursday, Sept. 17.

And remember, check the TMA COVID-19 Resource Center regularly for up-to-date news and the latest TMA materials for your practice.

Last Updated On

August 26, 2020

Originally Published On

August 26, 2020

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Jennifer Perkins, a native Texan and University of Texas Longhorn, has worked in politics, public affairs, and advocacy for more than two decades, covering a litany of subject areas and a number of states, using a marketing-oriented communications style as informed by her MBA. Jennifer has two dogs, is a college football fanatic, loves to entertain, and prefers to be outdoors..

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