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Monday, December 10, 2012

MEDICINE'S LEADERS SET LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES

Nearly 100 physician, alliance, and medical student leaders from TMA and state specialty societies gathered in Austin to discuss the lay of the land and establish priorities for the 2013 Texas Legislature. Improving payment from Medicaid tops everyone’s list, followed by restoring cuts to graduate medical education and physician loan repayment programs, stopping scope-of-practice expansions, and enacting health insurance reforms. House Calendars Committee Chair Todd Hunter (R-Corpus Christi), key legislative staffers, and state agency heads — including Insurance Commissioner Eleanor Kitzman and Texas Medical Board Executive Director Mari Robinson — previewed the tough issues that lie ahead. TMA Board Chair Tom Garcia, MD, and San Antonio neonatologist Alex Kenton, MD, were our guinea pigs, bravely delivering testimony at a mock legislative hearing before State Reps. Craig Eiland (D-Galveston) and John Kuempel (R-Seguin).

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