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Monday, February 11, 2013

WHITE COAT INVASION OF THE CAPITOL BEGINS ANEW

More than 230 TMA physicians, medical students, and TMA Alliance members visited with their local legislators during First Tuesdays at the Capitol. The day started with TMA lobbyists outlining key issues and messaging. It ended with a news conference at the Capitol. TMA and Border Health Caucus physicians asked state leaders to reverse funding cuts that harm access to care for thousands of Texas’ dual-eligible patients. Dual-eligible patients are old enough to qualify for Medicare and also qualify for Medicaid assistance because of their income. “We’re asking state leaders and lawmakers to fully restore the funding for our Medicaid-Medicare dual-eligible patients,” said Luis Benavides, MD, of Laredo, Border Health Caucus vice chair. “Our patients need us.” TMA is especially encouraging young physicians to take part in the next First Tuesdays at the Capitol on March 5. Register today.

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