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Monday, May 17, 2010

LEGISLATIVE HEARINGS ZERO IN ON HEALTH REFORM IN TEXAS

The 2011 Texas Legislature won’t convene for eight more months, but your representatives and senators already are preparing for how the state will respond to the new federal health reform law. So is TMA. It’s our goal to make sure that Texans decide what health reform will look like in Texas. Council on Legislation Chair Dan McCoy, MD, led a host of TMA leaders who testified before legislative committees last week in hearings covering physician employment, scope of practice, Medicaid expansion, health information technology, the Texas Medical Board, patient privacy, and many more issues. Our witnesses included TMA House of Delegates Vice Speaker Cliff Moy, MD; John Holcomb, MD, chair of TMA’s Select Committee on Medicaid, CHIP, and the Uninsured; and Houston pediatric rheumatologist Robert Warren, MD.

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