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Monday, April 29, 2013

DOCTORS TESTIFY FOR TMA's VACCINE, SCOPE OF PRACTICE BILLS

The House Public Health Committee worked late into the night last week considering five key, TMA-backed bills. Gary Floyd, MD, past chair of TMA’s Council on Legislation, testified in support of our bill to firmly establish a “physician-led medical team.” Senate Bill 406 creates a more collaborative, delegated practice that allows members of the health care team to practice to their level of education and training. Dr. Floyd also testified against House Bill 2938, which would allow pharmacists to vaccinate children 7 years of age and older. TMA Science and Public Health Council Chair Jason Terk, MD, stayed at the Capitol until 10:30 pm to testify on behalf of the Texas Public Health Coalition in support of three bills that already passed the Senate:
  • Senate Bill 62 aligns the requirements for college students entering college for the first time with the current federal guidelines for the bacterial meningitis vaccination.
  • Senate Bill 63 allows a minor who is pregnant or is a parent to consent to his or her own immunizations.
  • Senate Bill 64 requires licensed child care facilities to develop and implement an immunization policy for their employees, to protect the children in their care.
Another important piece of TMA’s immunization agenda is scheduled for a vote on the House floor today. HB 1310 creates a deduction in the state margins tax for the cost of buying vaccines.

 

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