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Monday, September 24, 2012

TMA PHYSICIANS SPEAK OUT FOR PATIENTS AND THE PROFESSION

Three member physicians assumed high-profile positions in the capital city last week, speaking and testifying for TMA. Board of Trustees Vice Chair Carlos Cardenas, MD, told the House Committee on Human Services that physicians along the Texas-Mexico border cannot keep caring for patients without immediate action by lawmakers to lessen the dual-eligible payment cuts that went into effect in January. Pflugerville family physician Travis Bias, DO, urged the Legislative Budget Board to support the Texas Department of State Health Services’ proposed 2014-15 budget, including requests for additional funding to address costly and threatening public health concerns such as obesity and mental illness. And Austin obstetrician-gynecologist Kimberly Carter, MD, participating in a Texas Tribune Festival panel discussion on family planning, said Texas “should champion ways to make individuals responsible for their contraception and personal health.”

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