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Monday, June 13, 2011

SMOKING BAN, SILENT PPO REGULATION NEED YOUR HELP

We’re asking TMA members to call the capitol on two key issues today.
  • Legislation to ban smoking in certain public places is still burning. If passed, the bill would save Medicaid more than $30 million because fewer people will get sick. The Senate may take up its version of the bill — SB 28 by Sen. Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) — early this week. Please call your senator — if you’re from Houston, call Sen. Mike Jackson (R-Houston) — in support of SB 28.
  • Also, please take a moment today to call Gov. Rick Perry’s office at (512) 463-2000. Ask the governor to support the silent PPO amendment (No. 20) on Senator Nelson’s SB 7. The amendment promotes transparency of who is using physician and hospital contracted discounts. Governor Perry’s support is critical to keeping regulation of silent PPOs alive.

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