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TMA Weekly Headlines

State cuts mean fewer residency slots in Texas
Texas Tribune, Aug. 22, 2011    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The 2011 legislative session was devastating for graduate medical programs in Texas. Despite strong opposition from organizations like the Texas Academy of Family Physicians and the Texas Medical Association, lawmakers severely cut funding for some residency programs at a time when demand for doctors in Texas is growing. Watch the Tribune's interview with Dr. Bruce Malone, president of the Texas Medical Association, about the impact of these cuts on the state's ability to maintain an adequate physician training pipeline. More

Perry says no to health care reform, but what's his plan?
The Associated Press via The Houston Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
With the highest percentage of uninsured residents, Texas would be one of the biggest beneficiaries of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. But Gov. Rick Perry blocked moves to lay the groundwork for expanded coverage. And among the alternatives he's supported is an untested regional solution that could put states in charge of Medicare, an approach potentially as controversial as Obama's. More

Editorial: Will health care reform survive the courts?
The New York Times, Aug. 20, 2011    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The legal battle over the constitutionality of the health care reform law will determine how far government can go in helping to improve people's lives. Ultimately, the Supreme Court will have to decide this question. Until then, the pileup of lower federal court rulings — responding to some of the more than two dozen lawsuits filed against the law — is confusing and sharply divided, especially on the requirement that individuals buy or obtain health insurance or pay a penalty. More

Republican supercommittee member vows no cuts to entitlement benefits
The Hill Healthwatch, Aug. 18, 2011    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A Republican member of the powerful, deficit-slashing supercommittee vowed this week that the panel won't touch benefits under Social Security and Medicare. Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said it's "critical" that current enrollees in those entitlement programs "not see benefit reductions." More

Opinion: A Perry a day keeps the doctor . . . happy?
Texas Insider, Aug. 17, 2011    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
In an opinion piece for Fox News, Senior Managing Health Editor Dr. Manny Alvarez says Rick Perry's presidential announcement made him feel all tingly inside. Of Perry's leadership in Texas and the state's treatment of its doctors, he wrote, "I was surprised to find that Texas is considered by many doctors, nurses and health care professionals in general to be among the best states in the country to practice medicine," More

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Benefits for severely disabled children scrutinized
Kaiser Health Network via MSNBC, Aug. 19, 2011    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
To those who believe the federal Supplemental Security Income program for severely disabled children is a lifesaver and not a boondoggle, Hulston Poe is a great example. The 4-year-old was diagnosed with severe ADHD last October, after more than a year of violent temper tantrums, and kicked out of preschool. Case workers said there wasn't much they could do for him. "We were at a standstill," says his mother, Suzanne Poe, who was scraping by as a single parent of two in Des Moines, Iowa. Then doctors recommended that she enroll her son in the SSI program this year, and everything changed. More
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US scrambling to ease shortage of vital medicine
The New York Times, Aug. 19, 2011    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Federal officials and lawmakers, along with the drug industry and doctors' groups, are rushing to find remedies for critical shortages of drugs to treat a number of life-threatening illnesses, including bacterial infection and several forms of cancer. The proposed solutions, which include a national stockpile of cancer medicines and a nonprofit company that will import drugs and eventually make them, are still in the early or planning stages. But the sense of alarm is widespread. More

Trial lawyers prep for war on Perry
Politico, Aug. 22, 2011    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
America's trial lawyers are getting ready to make the case against one of their biggest targets in years: Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Among litigators, there is no presidential candidate who inspires the same level of hatred — and fear — as Perry, an avowed opponent of the plaintiffs' bar who has presided over several rounds of tort reform as governor. And if Perry ends up as the Republican nominee for president, deep-pocketed trial lawyers intend to play a central role in the campaign to defeat him. More

Survey: Employers shift rising health costs to their workers
The Hill Healthwatch, Aug. 18, 2011    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
As health care costs continue to rise, businesses are increasingly passing on the added burden to their employees. Higher cost-sharing for employees is the primary way in which employers are trying to control their own health care spending, according to a new survey from the National Business Group on Health. The organization, which mostly represents large companies, said more than half of the employers it surveyed plan to make employees cover a greater share of their health care costs. More

Opinion: Finding a quality doctor
The New York Times, Aug. 18, 2011    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
"Quality." It's one of those words that used to mean something: Actual quality you could trust. Nowadays in hospital hallways, quality is a charged word that is more corporate-speak than actual English, eliciting stomach churning and eye rolling in equal measures. Quality. Who can argue with such a noble goal? Of course we all want quality medical care. More

New health insurance rules would let consumers compare plans in 'plain English'
The Washington Post, Aug. 17, 2011    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
What would your health insurance cover if you got pregnant? How much could you expect to pay out of pocket if you needed treatment for diabetes? How do your plan's benefits compare with another company's? Starting as soon as March, consumers could have a better handle on such questions, under new rules aimed at decoding the fine print of health insurance plans. More

Medical experts continue to raise alarms about the risks of natural gas drilling to human health
NRDC Switchboard, Aug.    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Earlier this year, the Texas Medical Association passed a resolution calling for increased protections for drinking water and air quality that are at risk from nearby natural gas production operations, and for increased pipeline safety protections. Among other things, the TMA noted that wellhead air emissions are currently exempt from permitting requirements. More

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