Lobbying your legislator has never been easier… or safer. Join TMA and TMA Alliance at noon on the first Tuesday of the month (February through May 2021) for a virtual legislative update. TMA’s lobby team will outline issues important to medicine and actions you can take now to make a difference.
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One simple but important action you can take during the session is to respond to a TMA Action Alert. Action alerts are prepared messages from TMA asking legislators to stop or pass a bill. Download TMA’s mobile app “VoterVoice” for an easy way to take action using your phone.
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Several of TMA's legislative priorities were on display yesterday during a press conference by House Speaker Dade Phelan (R-Beaumont) and a coalition of bipartisan lawmakers, including Rep. Tom Oliverson, MD (R-Cypress).
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Thanks to tireless work from a physician-legislator, the house of medicine took a huge step Tuesday toward preventing a planned tax on medical billing services that would take money out of patients’ and physicians’ pockets.
We’re just one week away from the next virtual First Tuesdays at the Capitol, your chance to learn about TMA's legislative priorities, what's happening at the Capitol impacting your practice and your patients, and steps you can take to make a difference. Join more than 200 of your colleagues via Zoom at noon May 4. Hosted by TMA and the TMA Alliance.
Watch TMA physicians once again fight against scope-of-practice expansion for therapeutic optometrists and stand up for uninterrupted coverage for children insured by Medicaid. Lawmakers also honored fallen physicians in a Capitol ceremony, and they gave preliminary approval to a medicine-backed plan to stop teen vaping.
The house of medicine sent a handful of its advocates into the ring to stop this year’s effort to give advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) more authority to perform medical acts without physician supervision.
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The way the Texas Legislature conducts business during the 2021 session may look different due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But the Texas Medical Association’s commitment to improving health care remains the same. Some of those goals are up against deep cuts to state agency budgets. At the same time, however, the pandemic has created opportunities for medicine to bend lawmakers’ ear on some of its longstanding goals, including advancing access to care, vaccines, health coverage, and telemedicine.
State leaders need to work with organizations like the Texas Medical Association to ensure that all Texans have access to health care coverage during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. That is the message TMA and 32 state health organizations wrote in a letter to Gov. Greg Abbott seeking his support to enact comprehensive health care coverage initiatives.
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