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Monday, June 30, 2014

TMA MEMBERS TESTIFY ON HEALTH AGENCY SUNSET REVIEW

TMA Board of Trustees member Gary Floyd, MD; former Council on Public Health Chair Chip Riggins, MD; and Houston neurologist Kim Monday, MD, took the witness stand as the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission ramped up its review of state health agencies. Under Texas law, every state agency must be reestablished by the legislature every 12 years, or it goes out of existence. As part of this sunset review, each agency undergoes extensive evaluation by the sunset commission to make sure it is effectively and efficiently meeting Texans’ needs. The commission is composed of five senators, five state representatives, and two public members — one of whom is TMA Council on Legislation Chair Dawn Buckingham, MD. Sen. Charles Schwertner, MD (R-Georgetown), is one of the senators on the panel. This cycle, the commission is examining the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, the Department of State Health Services, and all of the associated state health agencies. TMA is heavily involved, offering recommendations and testimony on how to improve these programs. We’re also on the lookout for recommendations that could weaken them. For details on last week’s testimony, see tomorrow’s issue of Action.

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