• Women's Health Care

    • Invest In Preventive Care for Low-Income Women

      Despite significant gains in women’s health care funding and access last session, more work remains. Increasing the number of women who enroll in the Texas Women’s Health Program, Expanded Primary Health Care Program, and family planning programs, as well as increasing the number of physicians and clinics who participate, will be essential to Texas’ efforts to improve maternal health and birth outcomes.
  • The Latest In Women's Health Care

    • Playing Catch-Up
      Physicians say new funding and a streamlined state approach to women's health could improve access to screenings and family planning services for low-income women and girls. But attracting private practice physicians to the programs could be challenging.
    • Texas Legislature
      The Texas Legislature meets in regular session for only 140 days every two years. But for TMA, advocating at the legislature for physicians and patients is a full-time operation. From educating lawmakers and their staff about key health care issues to preparing physicians to testify before committees to lobbying for votes, the Texas Capitol is the No. 1 focus of the association. Read what we've done lately to help and how you can get involved.
    • Women's Health Care
      Despite significant gains in women’s health care funding and access last session, more work remains. Increasing the number of women who enroll in the Texas Women’s Health Program, Expanded Primary Health Care Program, and Family Planning Program, as well as increasing the number of physicians and clinics who participate in each program, will be essential to Texas’ efforts to improve maternal health and birth outcomes.
    • Texas Medicine Scores for Patients, Physicians in Legislature
      A lineup that swung for the fences — combined with a solid defense and some outstanding pitching — led Texas medicine to an outstanding season at the top of the standings in the 2015 Texas Legislature.The Texas Medical Association team hit home runs on graduate medical education funding, Medicaid fraud reform, e-cigarette regulation, tax cuts, and red tape elimination. The pitching staff threw a perfect game, keeping all inappropriate and dangerous expansions of nonphysician practitioners’ scope of practice off of the base paths.  
    • 2015 Legislative Wins: Pediatricians
      2015 Legislative Wins: Pediatricians
  • Key Issues

    • Support Women's Health Care Services
      Access to preventive and preconception care—including health screenings and contraception—means healthy, planned pregnancies and early detection of cancers and other treatable conditions.
    • Improve Maternal and Infant Health
      Improving birth outcomes not only enhances the lives of babies, mothers, and their families, but also can yield substantial savings, particularly to publicly financed programs such as Medicaid, which covers 53 percent of all Texas births.
    • Reduce Texas' Maternal Mortality Rates
      Texas statistics for maternal mortality more closely resemble a third-world country than a state with world-class medical care. Factors that contribute to poor maternal and infant health are lack of early prenatal care, diabetes, hypertension, and obesity. Too many Texas women must confront some or all of these challenges.
  • Advocacy and Communication