Texas Legislature

  • Leaders Chart TMA's 2017 Legislative Priorities

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    As always, the TMA professional staff will complement the relationships that physician leaders have built with their senators and representatives as they work to promote TMA’s 2017 agenda. Tops on the list are the state budget, insurance reform, scope of practice, telemedicine, the Texas Medical Board, and public health priorities.  

    Top Priorities  
  • First Tuesdays 2017: Taking Medicine’s Message to the Capitol

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    Don't miss your chance to work with lawmakers to influence legislation that affects you and your patients. TMA urges physicians, medical students, and TMA Alliance members to make their presence felt in Austin in the 2017 legislative session by participating in First Tuesdays at the Capitol.

    April 4 * May 2

    Join the White Coat Invasion  
  • Directory Measure Aims to Tackle Surprise Bills; TMA Continues Push for Public Health Priorities

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    The 60-day bill-filing deadline for the Texas Legislature has come and gone, allowing one thick puff of smoke to finally clear from the 2017 legislative fire. Now, medicine can focus on the hottest logs in the fire pit. For TMA, that means more than 1,400 pieces of legislation to track, with measures that address such smoldering topics as the network inadequacies that fuel surprise-billing issues; public health issues like vaccination exemptions and tobacco use; the proper definition and regulation of telemedicine; and troubling scope-related legislation that would allow other practitioners to infringe on the practice of medicine.

    Keeping Insurers Honest; Scope; Budget; and More  
  • TMA Legislative News Hotline: Tuesday, March 28, 2017
    Senate Budget: The Committee Substitute to Senate Bill 1, the body’s budget bill, is on the Texas Senate’s calendar for today. The Senate Finance Committee unanimously passed the $106.3 billion general revenue fund budget last week. The measure relies on delaying a $2.5 billion payment for transportation funding to the next budget cycle to remove it from this cycle’s balance sheet. Doing so places the tally within Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar’s biennial revenue estimate of $104.9 billion — which is all lawmakers can allocate for the next budget cycle.
    TMA Legislative News Hotline: Monday, March 27, 2017

    “Chiropractic Cardiology?!?” It’s time to remind Senators what chiropractic is, and what it is not. TMA sent this Code Blue alert yesterday urging physicians to write their senators urging support of amendments to Senate Bill 304, the Chiropractic Board Sunset Bill by Sen. Van Taylor (R-Plano). “There is no such thing as ‘chiropractic neurology’ or ‘chiropractic cardiology’ or ‘chiropractic endocrinology,’” and permitting chiropractors to use such specialty terms and to diagnose and treat all systems of the human body causes confusion in patients, TMA’s bulletin to physicians reads. 

    TMA Legislative News Hotline: Friday, March 24, 2017
    Watch this week’s TMA Legislative News Hotline video to hear the authors of legislation to raise the tobacco-use age explain what inspires them to sponsor it. Also, a TMA physician leader explains the dangers of letting a nonphysician interpret serious symptoms without oversight. Finally, take a peek at the new online Prescription Monitoring Program, as lawmakers hear testimony about possibly requiring physicians to use the system whenever they write a prescription for a controlled substance. Catch all of this and more in this week’s brief video report.
    TMA Legislative News Hotline: Thursday, March 23, 2017
    Senate Budget: On Wednesday, the Senate Finance Committee unanimously passed its proposed budget for the 2018-19 budget cycle. The bill allocates a total of $217.7 billion for the next two years, of which $106.3 billion is from state general revenue. The measure relies on delaying a $2.5 billion payment for transportation funding to the next budget cycle to remove it from this cycle’s balance sheet.
    TMA Legislative News Hotline: Wednesday, March 22, 2017
    Senate Budget: Wednesday morning the Senate Finance Committee adopted the committee substitute for Senate Bill 1, the upper chamber’s budget proposal.
    TMA Legislative News Hotline: Week Ending March 17, 2017
    Watch this week's TMA Legislative News Hotline video to see which programs might suffer under new budget proposals, and hear a physician describe how one proposed change to mental health screens would help his patients. Also, see a public health bill of interest to TMA pass one chamber, hear a physician leader explain why extending Medicaid eligibility helps patients and saves money, and learn about two TMA-priority bills that a committee passed this week. All of this and more in this week’s video report.
  • TMA's 2017 Legislative Agenda Aims to Build on Past Achievements

     

    From maintaining physicians' right to bill for their services and cracking down on narrow health insurance networks, to cutting more Medicaid red tape and making more room for doctors-in-training, the Texas Medical Association's 2017 legislative agenda aims to build on past achievements. A tough budget year and wholesale review of the state's health professions licensing boards could generate some challenges, while the presidential election results should renew conversations over reforming Medicaid and health care delivery overall.

    Building on Success  
  • TMA Video: Why Did I Get That Bill?

    Doctors understand it’s frustrating to have health insurance coverage but still receive unexpected medical bills. Watch this video to learn about Stanley and the surprise medical bills he received… and learn why he received them.

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  • Texas Legislature Articles

    TMA Offers Cost-Cutting Suggestions

    TMA made its voice heard Friday on Medicaid eligibility and other issues as the Senate Committee on Finance's Workgroup on Health Care Costs held its first meeting. Sen. Charles Schwertner, MD (R-Georgetown) is chairing the workgroup, which began examining state agencies’ health-related budgets and expenditures, with the goal of finding areas to cut while preserving services.

     

     

    Read Dr. Schwarzwald's Testimony
  • TMA's Medicaid Recommendations Can Improve Care, Reduce Costs

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    As state lawmakers begin preparing for the 2017 legislative session, TMA and four state specialty societies delivered a detailed, five-page document with significant recommendations to improve the Texas Medicaid program. 

    Suggestions to the Senate Health and Human Services Committee  
  • State Should Prepare for Public Health Emergencies

     

    We appreciate the governor’s designation of the Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response, and we offer our support and expertise to this diverse group. While clearly there is substantial institutional and organizational strength in the task force, we encourage you to recognize the need to include physicians who directly practice in clinical settings.

     

    Read Dr. Huang's Testimony