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.
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.
March 7 * April 4 * May 2
One month into Texas' 2017 legislative session, the ramp-up is beginning as medicine and lawmakers prepare for what's certain to be a flurry of activity related to health care.
Today TMA expressed “grave concern” over funding for public health infrastructure. TMA urged the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Article II to fund the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) adequately, particularly the department’s key exceptional item requests: ensuring basic public health capacity, strengthening the state public health laboratory, and preventing and controlling the spread of infectious diseases.
In the midst of hearing comments on graduate medical education (GME) by Texas medical school presidents and leaders Wednesday, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Article III heard from someone on the front lines — a medical student.
Graduate Medical Education: TMA Board of Trustees medical student member Kayla Riggs testified before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Article III, urging sufficient graduate medical education (GME) funding. Public Health — Prevention: The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Article II, regarding health and human services, met today and earlier this week as well. Today Texas Commissioner of Health John Hellerstedt, MD, described to Article II Subcommittee members the importance of funding public health and prevention initiatives, citing the expected increase in Texas Zika cases as one example. Public Health — Environment: Tuesday, TMA asked the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Articles VI, VII, & VIII to appoint a voice of medicine to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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