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Monday, February 25, 2013

SESSION OFF TO POSITIVE START

With more than three months still to go in the 2013 Texas Legislature, it’s too early to get your hopes up. But we’ve certainly seen some very positive developments so far. The Texas House unanimously passed an emergency supplemental appropriations bill to provide the $4.5 billion Medicaid needs to continue operations for the last half of this fiscal year. The Senate Health and Human Services Committee voted 5-0 for our bill firmly establishing the physician-led medical team. Budget writers in both chambers have shown serious interest in improving funding for graduate medical education and mental health. I’ve had some very productive meetings with key committee chairs and the physician and alliance members of the legislature. Please help us further advance TMA’s legislative agenda by registering for the March 5 First Tuesdays at the Capitol.

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