• 83rd Texas Legislature

    TMA's 2013 Legislative Report Card

    Texas Legislature Delivers for Patients and Physicians. Most Wins in a Decade!

    Texas patients and their physicians won big at the state Capitol. We had more wins than in recent sessions across all issues affecting patient care, as outlined in TMA’s Healthy Vision 2020. In fact, nearly every TMA bill made it to the finish line, either intact or as an amendment. And every bill TMA wanted stopped was stopped.

    It was a triumphant legislative session for medicine. As credited to late U.S. House Speaker Tip O’Neill, “all politics is local,” and this year we did local better than ever. The keys to our success are the time and effort TMA members took to educate their legislators about issues affecting patient care. Texas legislators listened and delivered for their constituents. Bills unsuccessful in the past two, three, even five sessions moved this year, like no other. Read More

  • Latest Legislative News

    • Licensure Should Stay Intact
      What we really need are standardized processes for licensing similar to medical, dental, and nursing boards for ALL health care providers. Otherwise the burden of proof falls on facilities which employ or contract with these providers and many of those facilities do not have the infrastructure to carry out such investigations.
    • Dr. Monday to Lawmakers: Protect the Safety of Student Athletes
      We concur with sunset staff recommendations regarding steroid testing. TMA supports science and evidence-based testing and recommends a full review of current testing programs, such as the steroid testing initiative. The review should assess cost-benefit and scientific value as well as the depth of illegal steroid use in Texas athletes.
    • TMA Asks Lawmakers to Protect Health Care Funding for Low-Income Women
      After the severe cuts to women’s preventative care in 2011, repairing the women’s health safety net will take resources and time. While the investments made in the Texas Women’s Health Program in 2013 increased the number of women served, tens of thousands of low-income Texas women still lack access to care. The state must work to maintain or increase the funding for this valuable program to help rebuild the women’s health care safety net and ultimately save the state millions in Medicaid dollars.
    • TMA: Why Texas Needs a Stronger Public Health System
      TMA strongly encourages DSHS to promote communications with physicians on mental health prevention and public resources so physicians know of available referrals for their patients. This is a significant gap in the public health system.
    • Additional Funding for Preventive Services Saves Lives and Money
      TMA supports DSHS’ goal to “move health forward” with adult immunizations, preventive maternal and perinatal health outcomes, and preventive health care for women including reproductive health, and chronic disease prevention. TMA believes we must invest in Texas’ public health infrastructure as it relates to these costly issues to prevent paying an even higher price tag in the future.
    • TMA Weighs in on Public Health, Medicaid Funding
      Last week, TMA submitted comments regarding the 2016-17 legislative appropriations request from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission and the Texas Department of State Health Services.
    • DPS Begins to Synch Controlled Substance Permit Renewals
      Following a three-month delay, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) reports it is beginning to synchronize physicians' controlled substances registration expiration dates with their Texas Medical Board license expiration dates.
    • TMA Opposes Audiology Scope Expansion
      Audiologists lack the "medical training necessary to perform the same duties as physicians" and aren't able to "provide patients with the medical diagnosis and treatment options they require." That's the message TMA, the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, 38 state and local medical associations, and dozens of specialty societies and national organizations sent in a letter to House and Senate leaders.
    • Breaking Down Barriers
      Physicians face major hurdles in administering a vaccine that protects against human papillomavirus (HPV)-related cancers. Cervical, genital, and head and neck cancers are preventable, but physicians say the stigma surrounding the vaccine, its high cost, and its voluntary status are keeping vaccination rates in Texas low.