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Monday, April 7, 2008


Texas physicians swarmed Capitol Hill last week, personally delivering the Texas Medicare Manifesto to every member of the Texas delegation in Congress. Our calls for 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 were well received. We also discussed problems with health insurance companies’ inadequate payments for vaccines and the need to preserve physicians’ rights to own hospitals and other health care facilities. TMA President Bill Hinchey, MD, led the group, which included 12 physicians, 10 TMA Alliance members, five medical students, and six TMA staff members, all participating in the American Medical Association’s National Advocacy Conference. A highlight of the event was our joint meeting with two AMA members in Congress: Rep. Michael Burgess, MD (R-Lewisville), and Rep. Tom Price, MD (R-Georgia).

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