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  • Read the Latest TMA Legislative Testimonies  

    Integrating Mental and Physical Health
    (Written Testimony on House Bill 10, May 7, 2019)

    Improving Birth Outcomes by Designating Facility Levels of Care
    (Testimony on Senate Bill 749 by Doug Curran, MD, May 1, 2019)

    The Texas Mental Health Care Consortium Will Benefit Texas Children
    (Testimony on House Human Services Committee Senate Bill 10 by by Nhung Tran, MD, May 1, 2019)

    Create Rural Training Tracks for Texas Physicians
    (Written Testimony on House Bill 1065, May 1, 2019)

    “Conversion Therapy” Is Not Evidence-Based Care
    (Written Testimony on House Bill 517, May 1, 2019) 

    Improving Children’s Access to Mental Health Care
    (Testimony on Senate Bill 10 by Anne-Marie Hain, MD, May 1, 2019)

    Allow Pregnant Moms to Take Their Kids to Medical Appointments
    (Testimony on House Bill 25 by Moss Hampton, MD, April 30, 2019)

    Protect First Responders by Providing Immunizations Access
    (Testimony on House Bill 1256 by Thomas Kaspar, MD, April 30, 2019)

    Help First Responders Stay Informed About Vaccination Status
    (Testimony on House Bill 1418 by Thomas A. Kaspar, MD, April 30, 2019) 

    Prohibit Chiropractors From Practicing Neurology
    (Testimony on Senate Bill 1867 by Sara Austin, MD, April 30, 2019)

    Transparency in Prior Auth and Physician Referrals
    (Testimony on House Bill 3828 by John Flores, MD, April 16, 2019)

    Eliminate Prior Auth for In-Network Physicians
    (Testimony on House Bill 3232 by Testimony by John Flores, MD, April 16, 2019)

    Make Medicaid Managed Care More Efficient
    (Testimony on House Bill 4178 by Doug Curran, MD, April 9, 2019)

    Improve Health in Border Communities
    (Testimony on Senate Bills 1119, 1121, 1312, and 1313, April 9, 2019)

    Protect Babies – Cover Newborn Screening Tests
    (Testimony on House Bill 2582 by John Carlo, MD, April 9, 2019)

    Require Network Directory Accuracy
    (Testimony on Senate Bill 1742 by John Carlo, MD, April 9, 2019)

    Require Timely Updates to Network Directories
    (Testimony on House Bill 1880 by John Scott, DO, April 9, 2019) 

    Stop APRN Scope Expansion
    (Testimony in Opposition to House Bill 1792 Dara Grieger, MD, April 4, 2019)

    Enforce Network Adequacy
    (Testimony In SUPPORT of HB 3911 by Ray Callas, MD, April 2, 2019)

    Strengthen Medicaid MCO Oversight and Improve Access to Care
    (Testimony on House Bill 2453 by Doug Curran, MD, April 2, 2019)

    Preserve Physician Liability Protections in Emergencies
    (Testimony on House Bill 2362 by Moss Hampton, MD, April 1, 2019)

    Prohibit PA on Mandated Benefits
    (Testimony by Debra Patt, MD on House Bill 2408, March 26, 2019)

    Take Patients Out of the Middle of Balance Billing – The Right Way
    (Testimony by Ray Callas, MD on House Bill 3933, March 26, 2019)

    Bring Transparency to Prior Authorization
    (Testimony by Doug Curran, MD on House Bill 2327, March 26, 2019)

    Protect Patients From Inadequate, Narrow Networks
    (TMA Testimony on SB 1264  by Jason Terk, MD, March 21, 2019) 

    Make it Healthier to Be a Mom in Texas – Expand Access to Care
    (Testimony by Moss Hampton, MD, Mar. 19, 2019)

    Protect Texas’ Youth – Raise the Smoking and Vaping Age
    (Testimony by John Carlo, MD, March 18, 2019)

    Strengthen and Renew the Texas Medical Board
    (TMA Testimony by Michelle Berger, MD on HB 1504, March 13, 2019) 

    Improve Access to Maternal Health Care
    (TMA Testimony by Eugene Toy, MD, March 5, 2019)

    Improve Access to Care for Working Texans
    (Testimony by TMA, Feb. 6, 2019)

    Read all of the TMA 86th Texas Legislature Letters and Testimonies

  • Update: Ten Measles Cases Reported in Texas

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    Ten cases of measles have been reported in Texas this year, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) said in a statement Wednesday. The 10th case is an adult who was visiting Guadalupe County from the Philippines, where there is an ongoing measles outbreak, the statement said.

    Cities With Confirmed Cases  
  • Most Texans Support Mandatory Childhood Vaccinations, Poll Shows

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    Although an anti-vaccine movement has continued to grow in Texas, the vast majority of voters support requiring vaccinations for Texas children, results from a poll released this week show. This is the third public opinion survey with very similar findings to be released in Texas in the past nine months.

    Check Out the Numbers  
  • Talk to Patients About: Hepatitis B

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    The bottom line: Hepatitis B is a serious liver infection that can be short-term or long-term. Some people can die from it or suffer other serious diseases like cancer, while others experience no symptoms. People can become infected through sexual contact, by sharing needles, or from an infected mother passing it to her baby at birth.

    Find Out How Quickly It Can Spread  
  • TMA: Put Health Back Into Health Care

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    Addressing Texas’ maternal health crisis, improving Medicaid coverage and payment, and making health insurance work for patients are among the Texas Medical Association’s (TMA’s) top priorities in its new advocacy agenda, TMA Healthy Vision 2025.

    TMA Sets 75 Ambitious
    Goals for Lawmakers
     
  • Doctors, Insurers, Hospitals Meet to Set Priorities for Strengthening Medicaid Managed Care

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    As the future of Texas Medicaid promises to be a central topic of discussion in the 86th Texas Legislature, leaders from three pillars of the Texas health care system gathered in Austin on Oct. 12 for a first-ever summit to identify and commit to working on shared priorities for strengthening the program.

    Key Players Outline Plans to Strengthen Medicaid  
  • Do Republicans Support Strong Immunization Laws? Overwhelmingly!

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    Most Republican voters want schoolchildren to have their shots before going to school, according to a recent Texas survey.

    Survey Findings