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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Governor Signs TMA “Home Runs” Into Law

Gov. Gregg Abbott completed his review of the 2015 Texas Legislature’s work, signing or allowing into law about 1,400 bills and resolutions, and issuing veto proclamations for 42 others. Over the past week, the governor put his signature on most of TMA’s major legislative successes, including:
  • Big increases in funding for new graduate medical education programs, mental health, and women’s health;
  • Significant reforms of how the state investigates and prosecutes suspected Medicaid fraud;
  • Elimination of the state Controlled Substances Registration program;
  • Elimination of the $200 annual occupation tax that all physicians pay;
  • ID card requirements for patients covered by Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace plans;
  • Retention of vaccination records in ImmTrac until age 26;
  • Tougher network accountability requirements for Medicaid HMOs; and
  • Enhanced liability protections for physicians using health information exchanges.

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