Five Simple Things You Can Do for Your Practice Right From Your Office
Today's health care system is broken. Unfortunately, you cannot fix it or protect your practice by working more hours and taking care of more patients. The only way for you to effect "real change" is through the legislative process. Here are five easy things you can do for your practice starting today - right at your desk.
- Sign up for TMA Legislative News Hotline . Keep track of medicine's top priority issues throughout the session by subscribing to the daily or weekly e-newsletter.
- Use TMA's Grassroots Action Center . Write, e-mail, or call your legislator when critical issues arise. TMA makes it easy. All you have to do is respond to a TMA Action Alert using the message provided. It only takes a minute.
- Get to Know Your Legislators. When medicine speaks, legislators do listen, especially if they've heard from you before. Work through your county medical society to set up a local physician meeting with your state representative or state senator. Very often, you or your colleagues know them personally. There is no substitute for this personal relationship!
- Sign up for First Tuesdays at the Capitol . Join hundreds of your colleagues in Austin the first Tuesday of the month (Feb. 1, March 1, April 5, May 3). Legislators take note when doctors in white coats walk the halls of the capitol each session.
- TMA members, take a close look at TEXPAC . A successful year on the campaign trail frequently translates into success at the capitol.
For more information and to sign up for these activities call TMA's Knowledge Center at (800) 880-7955.
Texas Medical Association Political Action Committee (TEXPAC) is a bipartisan political action committee of TMA and affiliated with the American Medical Association Political Action Committee (AMPAC) for congressional contribution purposes only. Its goal is to support and elect pro-medicine candidates on both the federal and state level. Voluntary contributions by individuals to TEXPAC should be written on personal checks. Funds attributed to individuals or professional association (PAs) that would exceed legal contribution limits will be placed in the TEXPAC administrative account to support political education activities. Contributions are not limited to the suggested amounts. TEXPAC will not favor or disadvantage anyone based on the amounts or failure to make contributions. Contributions are subject to the prohibitions and limitations of the Federal Election Campaign Act.
Contributions or gifts to TEXPAC or any CMS PAC are not deductible as charitable contributions or business expenses for Federal income tax purposes. Only contributions to the TMA Foundation, any CMS foundation and The Physicians Benevolent Fund are deductible as charitable contributions for Federal income tax purposes.
Federal law requires us to use our best efforts to collect and report the name, mailing address, occupation, and name of employer of individuals whose contributions exceed $200 in a calendar year. To satisfy this regulation, please include your occupation and employer information in the space provided. Contributions from a practice business account must disclose the name of the practice and the allocation of contributions for each contributing owner. Should you have any questions, please call TEXPAC at 512 370-1361.
Last Updated On
January 14, 2021
Originally Published On
March 23, 2010