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Monday, April 27, 2015

Physicians Travel to Captiol to Testify on Medicine's Agenda

TMA member physicians again answered the call to testify before House and Senate committees for and against key pieces of legislation. This week, we send our thanks out to these volunteers:

  • Hanoch Patt, MD, an Austin pediatric cardiologist, asked the Senate Business and Commerce Committee to support Senate Bill 229 by Sen. Kel Seliger (R-Amarillo), which would prohibit health plans from using virtual credit cards to pay for health care services.
  • Temple emergency physician Robert Greenberg, MD, testified at the House Public Health Committee for House Bill 3677 by Rep. Paul Workman (R-Austin). The bill permits physicians to initiate a four-hour hold on patients who voluntarily seek care at a hospital or emergency medical center but then want to leave, though the treating physician believes the patient is a danger to self or others.
  • Houston obstetrician-gynecologist Eugene Toy, MD, told the Public Health Committee that medicine supports House Bill 3433 by Rep. J.D. Sheffield, DO (R-Gatesville), which would add rural representation to the state’s Perinatal Advisory Council.
  • Stephen Pont, MD, a pediatrician from Austin, testified at the House Public Education Committee against House Bill 1227 by Rep. Rodney Anderson (R-Grand Prairie), which would eliminate state measurement of the effectiveness of physical education programs in schools.


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