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Monday, May 2, 2011

COME TO THE FINAL FIRST TUESDAYS AT THE CAPITOL

Tomorrow is the final white coat lobby day of the 82nd legislative session. Will you be there? Around 100 physicians, medical students, and TMA Alliance members are participating in First Tuesdays at the Capitol tomorrow. We’re specifically inviting international medical graduates to take part. It’s not too late to register. We will be asking lawmakers to move a number of bills to the governor’s desk by the end of this month. They include:

  • The committee substitute for House Bill 1— the Senate’s $176.5 billion budget plan. Legislators must move this bill; otherwise, they will be writing the state’s budget in a special session. If that happens, health care will not be funded nearly as generously. Watch this video from TMA Council on Legislation Chair Dan McCoy, MD, to learn more. And then contact your senator.
  • Senate Bill 1661 Sen. Robert Duncan (R-Lubbock). It would provide solid protections for clinical autonomy and independent medical judgment for the thousands of physicians employed by nonprofit health care corporations (501[a] corporations) established by hospitals. The bill gives the physician board of directors of these 501(a)’s the responsibility for all policies related to clinical care. Plus it strengthens the role of the Texas Medical Board in supervising these nonprofit corporations. The bill will be sponsored in the House by Rep. Todd Hunter (R-Corpus Christi).

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