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Tuesday, February 17, 2015


Just past the one-month mark, the 2015 Texas Legislature is starting to pick up a head of steam. Both chambers are spending significant amounts of time tackling the state budget bills. The Senate Finance Committee examined the section of the budget dealing with education, including funding for graduate medical education (GME). Curtis Mirkes, DO, a Temple internist and pediatrician, was on hand to testify on behalf of TMA. He explained to committee members why funding the Higher Education Coordinating Board in its efforts to expand GME is important. Dr. Mirkes underscored why GME funding is needed to reach the target 1:1.1 ratio of entry-level positions per medical school graduate. In the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, San Antonio pediatrician Ryan Van Ramshorst, MD, testified for TMA and the Texas Pediatric Society in support of Senate Bill 97 by Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa (D-Harlingen), which would regulate the sale, distribution, possession, use, and advertising of e-cigarettes.


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