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Monday, December 8, 2008

TMA TEAMS WORK ON HEALTH SYSTEM REFORM

Two TMA committees met at TMA headquarters to plan legislative solutions for both state and national health system issues. The select committees on National Health System Reform and on Medicaid, CHIP, and the Uninsured met jointly and in separate work sessions to tackle health system reform legislation that the incoming U.S. Congress and the 2009 Texas Legislature likely will address. The groups discussed national system reform proposals emerging from the U.S. Senate and President-Elect Barack Obama, and Texas Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and uninsured state budget issues. Joe Annis, MD, of Austin, a member of the American Medical Association Board of Trustees, addressed a joint session of the two committees as they worked on issues of importance to both groups. Chairs of the two select committees, respectively, are Doug Curran, MD, of Athens, and John Holcomb, MD, of San Antonio. Both select committees will have initial recommendations ready to go for the TMA Board of Trustees and the Council on Legislation before the legislature and Congress begin their 2009 sessions.

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