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Monday, March 2, 2009

AT THE LEGISLATURE: FILING, LOBBYING, AND TESTIFYING

State lawmakers continue to file bills that advance Doctor’s Orders, TMA’s 2009 legislative agenda. HB 223 by Rep. Craig Eiland (D-Galveston) and SB 714 by Sen. Leticia Van de Putte (D-San Antonio) would regulate the selling, leasing, or sharing of physician discounts. HB 1748 by Rep. Todd Smith (R-Euless) prohibits insurers from arbitrarily revoking health insurance coverage. HB 1342 by Rep. Jose Menendez (D-San Antonio) and SB 863 by Sen. Chris Harris (R-Arlington) require health plans to provide pertinent patient coverage information at the time of service. Your TMA lobby team and I are visiting with legislators on TMA’s issues, in advance of tomorrow’s First Tuesdays at the Capitol, when you can make your own direct connections. Todd Thames, MD, a family physician from San Antonio, testified for increased Medicaid payments before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services. And Michelle Berger, MD, an Austin ophthalmologist, outlined TMA’s priorities to the House Public Health Committee.

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