TMA Legislative Hotline
Watch this week’s TMA Legislative News Hotline video to hear details about major health insurance legislation that lawmakers passed this legislative session. TMA advocacy team member Clayton Stewart describes the successes – including balance-billing mediation expansion, new rules allowing physicians to override the health insurance step-therapy process, and changes to prescription copay rules that benefit patients. We also discuss how in some cases, playing defense inside the Capitol helped protect Texas medicine.
Source: TMA Legislative Hotline | 25 Jun 2017 | 11:36 am
Watch this week’s TMA Legislative News Hotline video report to hear details about how lawmakers directed state spending in the budget for the next biennium.
Source: TMA Legislative Hotline | 16 Jun 2017 | 8:16 pm
House Passes Maintenance of Certification Bill Allowing Hospitals to Use MOC: Wednesday afternoon the House overwhelmingly gave final approval to the maintenance of certification (MOC) bill, Senate Bill 1148 by Sen. Dawn Buckingham, MD (R-Lakeway). Lawmakers on Tuesday night removed hospitals from the bill via an amendment. That caveat means hospitals could still use MOC status to determine physicians’ eligibility to practice in their institutions.
Source: TMA Legislative Hotline | 25 May 2017 | 5:29 pm
Surprise Billing Measure Signed: Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday signed into law a bill to address surprise medical bills, Senate Bill 507 by Sen. Kelly Hancock (R-North Richland Hills), and Rep. John Frullo (R-Lubbock). The TMA-priority law will expand the billing mediation process to all physicians and other providers providing out-of-network services at certain in-network facilities. It also expands mediation to out-of-network situations for emergency care. The law takes effect on Sept. 1.
Step Therapy Override Signed Too: Tuesday, Governor Abbott also signed into law the TMA-supported step therapy override measure, Senate Bill 680 by Senator Hancock. The bill empowers physicians to override health plans’ step therapy protocols, allowing them to continue prescribing an effective medication even if the insurer’s step therapy plan calls for a change in medication. The new law also takes effect on Sept. 1.
Source: TMA Legislative Hotline | 24 May 2017 | 4:49 pm
MOC Day: Senate Bill 1148 by Sen. Dawn Buckingham, MD (R-Lakeway), the bill that would rein in mandatory maintenance of certification requirements, is on the House calendar for today. TMA urges physicians to use the TMA Grassroots Action Center to write state representatives in support of SB 1148 (600 have sent emails thus far!). Or on Twitter, tweet your rep.
Source: TMA Legislative Hotline | 23 May 2017 | 4:11 pm
MOC: Senate Bill 1148 by Sen. Dawn Buckingham, MD (R-Lakeway), the bill that would rein in mandatory maintenance of certification (MOC) requirements, is on the House calendar for Tuesday. If you haven’t done it yet, please use the TMA Grassroots Action Center to write your state representative in support of SB 1148. On Twitter, tweet your rep.
Budget: The House-Senate Budget Conference Committee on Saturday evening revealed the long-awaited compromise state budget for the 2018-19 biennium. The committee, led by co-chairs Sen. Jane Nelson (R- Flower Mound) and Rep. John Zerwas, MD (R- Richmond), met for hours unveiling its work and finalizing it to accommodate Gov. Greg Abbott’s priorities. More...
Source: TMA Legislative Hotline | 22 May 2017 | 4:19 pm