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Monday, March 9, 2009

TEXAS PHYSICIANS TESTIFY ON TMA'S LEGISLATIVE AGENDA

Thanks to these Texas physicians who testified at the capitol for their colleagues this week:
  • Stan Wang, MD, of Austin, and Tom Garcia, MD, of Houston, who testified before the House Insurance Committee on House bills 390 and 389 by Rep. John Zerwas, MD (R-Simonton). HB 390 would require health plans to pay patients’ routine medical costs when participating in a clinical trial. HB 389 fixes some holes in our 2007 expedited credentialing bill.
  • John Holcomb, MD, of San Antonio, who testified before the Senate State Affairs Committee for SB 39, the Senate’s version of HB 390, by Sen. Judith Zaffirini (D-Laredo).
  • Jason Terk, MD, a pediatrician from Keller, who testified on two bills that relate to the state's immunization registry: SB 346 and SB 347 by Sen. Jane Nelson (R-Lewisville).
  • Albert Gros, MD, chair of TMA’s Council on Legislation, who testified for TMA in support of HB 1126 by Rep. Eddie Lucio III (D-Brownsville). HB 1126 would make State Office of Administrative Hearing decisions binding on both physicians and the Texas Medical Board.
  • TMA Vice Speaker Clifford Moy, MD, who testified before a House Appropriations Subcommittee on the importance of funding undergraduate and graduate medical education in Texas.

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