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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

14 LAWMAKERS HONORED AS "PATIENT PROTECTORS"

 Remember the outstanding results we were able to obtain from this year’s session of the Texas Legislature? That happens not only because of great physician leadership and strong grassroots involvement, but also because we elected outstanding senators and representatives who will take the time to listen to our concerns and help us craft real-world solutions. At this weekend’s TMA Advocacy Retreat, we presented the TMA Patient Protection Awards to 14 state legislators who met that high standard. The awards help us to cement strong relationships with men and women like State Rep. Todd Hunter (R-Corpus Christi), who said, “It’s always been an honor for this lawyer to represent the doctors of the Texas Medical Association.” The other recipients are State Reps. Carol Alvarado (D-Houston), Bill Callegari (R-Katy), Nicole Collier (D-Fort Worth), Sarah Davis (R-Houston), Craig Eiland (D-Galveston), Four Price (R-Amarillo), and Senfronia Thompson (D-Houston). From the other side of the rotunda, we honored State Sens. Kevin Eltife (R-Tyler), Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa (D-McAllen), Joan Huffman (R-Houston), Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound), Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville), and Royce West (D-Dallas). We will continue to recognize other legislative champions for medicine in the future, particularly those physician and alliance members who serve and are part of the “family of medicine.” Also, our county medical societies have already begun to issue their “best” awards to lawmakers from their areas. All of these fine legislators deserve our sincere thanks, appreciation, and continued support. Also at the advocacy retreat:
  •  Physician and staff leaders from county medical societies around the state shared their concerns and received a briefing on practice management and advocacy issues.
  • The TMA Board of Trustees approved a lean association budget for 2014 that includes no increase in TMA dues.
  • The board received an update on the status of the TMA Physician Services Organization project. We are still on track to launch in the first quarter of 2014. See January’s issue of Texas Medicine for more details.

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