• Latest Legislative News

    • Physicians Offer Help to State in Care of Refugees
      Texas can be confident in the effectiveness and management of the state’s refugee resettlement activities. Our state refugee program has been a federal/state and public/private partnership that works. In dozens of Texas communities, private, non-profit organizations work with HHSC to coordinate support for our newest Texas residents until they are able to support themselves. The minimal funding which assists with these services, most especially in the area of health care case management, should not be cut.
    • Invest in Child Public Health and Prevention
      Investing in our children’s public health should not be one of those areas the Texas Legislature shortchanges. Properly funding the recruitment and retention of quality physical education teachers, chronic disease awareness, and rigorous school nutrition standards will develop a strong work force that Texas is so aggressively trying to recruit and retain.
    • 85th Texas Legislature Testimonies and Letter
      TMA physician leaders already are working on behalf of their profession and their patients to improve Texas health care system. During this legislative session, TMA councils and committees are locking down and promoting health care policies to ensure Texas’ patients have access to affordable and high quality health care. Here are TMA’s testimonies, comments, and letters to state lawmakers.
    • Meaningful Prompt Pay Remedies Still Needed
      Testimony by Patricia Kolodzey: Associate Director, TMA Legislative Affairs DepartmentHouse Committee on Insurance, March 30, 2016 On Interim Charge # 3: Evaluate the statutory penalty calculations under Texas's prompt payment laws regarding health care claims. Include an analysis of whether the proper benchmarks are used to establish penalties commensurate with an improper payment and the effect of the abolition of the Texas Health Insurance Pool on the use of funds collected under the statute.
    • Involve Physicians in State Disaster Preparedness Planning
      When it comes to best practices, improved coordination among municipalities, counties, and the state cannot happen without considering the role of community physicians. We believe that improving overall preparedness involves a combination of trained leaders, informed planning, and a stronger communication system. Read our recommendations.
    • Physicians Prescribe Three Remedies to Improve Medicaid
      Medicaid plays a huge role in providing health coverage for thousands of low-income children and adults, including a large number with special health care needs or mental health conditions. The time to increase Medicaid physician payments to competitive levels is now. With investment from the Texas Legislature, combined with state agency, health plan, and physician and provider efforts already underway to decrease the administrative burden for those already enrolled in the Medicaid program, Texas will be able to make a concerted push to increase the number of Medicaid-participating doctors so that Texans have access to health care they need to be healthy.
    • A New Path to Primary Care
      The University of North Texas Health Science Center and the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine are partnering with Midland College and Midland Memorial Hospital to keep their own crop of future doctors in the area. The Primary Care Pathway identifies interested, high-achieving community college students likely to be successful in medical school and guarantees them an accelerated pathway to a doctor of osteopathic medicine degree, focusing earlier and more intensely on primary care.
    • Work Now to Promote Healthy Aging
      While our aging population is growing exponentially, these Texans’ future does not need to include chronic health conditions. We can do more to promote healthy aging, but we need to start to work now to promote healthy communities and environments to support a culture of healthy aging.
    • 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.