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Monday, February 4, 2008

HINCHEY UNFURLS TEXAS MEDICARE MANIFESTO

“We must hold the government accountable to the promises it made to help us care for our elderly patients and Texans with disabilities,” TMA President Bill Hinchey, MD, said as he asked the 2008 TMA Winter Conference audience to sign on to the Texas Medicare Manifesto. This “public declaration of our principles, our policies, and our intentions” leads off with a demand that Congress enact “a rational Medicare physician payment system that automatically keeps up with the cost of running a practice and is backed by a stable funding source.” Dr. Hinchey called on Texas physicians to enlist the public and their Medicare patients in the fight and to join an April 1 “March on the Hill” where we will personally deliver the message to Congress.

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