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Monday, February 9, 2015

MORE THAN 300 WHITE COATS INVADE TEXAS CAPITOL FOR FIRST, FIRST TUESDAY OF 2015

First Tuesdays at the Capitol Chair Susan Todd, TMA President Austin King, MD, and TMA Alliance President Angela Donahue kicked off our first major lobby day this session. More than 300 physicians, medical students, and alliance members filled the hallways of the Capitol and Senate and House galleries, and attended a lunch with their colleagues. It starting with a legislative briefing by TMA lobby staff and remarks from Dr. King. The white-coated hordes then shared TMA’s 2015 legislative agenda with their representatives and senators. The top 10 on our list: 
  • Increase funding for graduate medical education.
  • Improve physicians’ Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program payments to more appropriately reflect the services they provide to patients.
  • Hold health insurance companies accountable for creating and promoting adequate networks.
  • Devise and enact a system for providing health care to low-income Texans that improves efficiencies by reducing bureaucracy and paperwork.
  • Stop any efforts to expand scope of practice beyond that safely permitted by nonphysician practitioners’ education, training, and skills.
  • Promote government efficiency and accountability by reducing Medicaid red tape.
  • Protect physicians’ ability to charge for their services.
  • Improve the state’s public health defense to better respond in a crisis.
  • Preserve Texas’ landmark medical liability reforms.
  • Protect the patient-physician relationship from corporate intrusions. 
Register now for the March 3 First Tuesdays.

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