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Monday, May 4, 2009

HEALTH INSURANCE CODE OF CONDUCT POISED FOR SENATE VOTE - CONTACT YOUR SENATOR NOW

Please use TMA’s Grassroots Action Center to contact your state senator today and urge him or her to vote “AYE” on Senate Bill 1257 by Sen. Kip Averitt (R-Waco), TMA’s Health Insurance Code of Conduct Act of 2009 (PDF). The bill, which is currently eligible for Senate debate, would bring greater transparency and accountability to the way big health insurance companies conduct business. This is TMA’s No. 1 bill in the 2009 Texas Legislature. Here are highlights from last week at the capitol:
  • The Senate passed SB 2243 by Sen. Judith Zaffirini (D-Laredo), which would improve and expand Texas’ physician education loan repayment program.
  • The Senate Finance Committee passed SB 841 by Senator Averitt, which would allow families at 200 to 300 percent of the federal poverty level to buy into the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The House Human Services Committee passed House Bill 1541 by Rep. Sylvester Turner (D-Houston) that would strengthen outreach for Medicaid and CHIP.
  • Dr. Foxhall testified before the House State Affairs Committee for HB 5 by Rep. Myra Crownover (R-Denton), which would ban smoking in all public workplaces.
  • The House Public Health Committee passed HB 3816 by Rep. Fred Brown (R-College Station), which relates to the power and duties of the Texas Medical Board. TMA has been working with medical board leaders and legislators to improve the bill.

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