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Monday, March 2, 2015

First Tuesdays Returns to the Capitol Tomorrow

Tomorrow is our second First Tuesdays at the Capitol for the 2015 Texas Legislature. We expect several hundred physicians, students, and TMA Alliance members to walk the halls in support of our 2015 legislative agenda. Scope of practice will be a hot topic, with 10 bills already filed that would expand nonphysician practitioners’ scope beyond what is safely permitted by their education, skills, and training. We’ll be lobbying in support of House Bill 1514 by Rep. J.D. Sheffield, DO (R-Gatesville), and Senate Bill 644 by Sen. Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe), which would require health insurers to uniformly designate on patients’ insurance ID cards whether they are covered by Affordable Care Act (ACA) insurance exchange products and whether they have a federal tax subsidy to help pay for it. Those patients have the 90-day grace period for paying premiums, which is creating havoc in some physicians’ offices. We’ll also be talking to senators and representatives about Medicaid reform, the state budget, and immunizations and other important public health topics. If you can’t make it tomorrow, come to First Tuesdays on April 7 and May 5.

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