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Monday, June 2, 2008


The Texas Legislature meets in regular session for only 140 days every odd-numbered year. But House and Senate committees get much work done between sessions, and TMA is there to provide health care guidance along the way. Just last month:

  • Charlotte Smith, MD, of Austin, told the Senate State Affairs Committee why TMA strongly opposes physician-ranking schemes that are based on faulty data.
  • Suzanne Madden of the Verden Group testified before the State Affairs Committee on behalf of TMA. She shared data (PDF) showing how health plans hide how they spend insurance premium dollars.
  • Former TMA President Ladon Homer, MD, told two Senate committees why state support for graduate medical education is critical for Texas to have enough physicians to care for our growing population.

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