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Monday, May 11, 2009

TMA OUTLINES BUDGET PRIORITIES

As a joint House-Senate committee began work finalizing the 2010-11 state budget, TMA, the Texas Pediatric Society, and the Texas Academy of Family Physicians sent the committee a letter outlining our funding priorities (PDF). These include spending on programs to reduce the number of uninsured Texans, increasing physician payments for Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) services, fixing the eligibility system for Medicaid and CHIP, improving mental health services, and implementing routine newborn screening for cystic fibrosis. We’re also asking physicians across the state to urge the committee to remove a provision that would expand Medicaid HMO-like plans across Texas and further reduce out-of-network payments to physicians.

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