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New law makes changes to prescriptive authority
The passing of Senate Bill 406 during the 83rd Texas Legislature revised the Texas Occupations Code with changes that were made … more
Sen. Nelson given TAFP Patient Advocacy Award
State Senator Jane Nelson was named the recipient of the 2013 TAFP Patient Advocacy Award at the 64th Annual Session and Scientific … more
Prior Authorization Committees seeking members
The Texas Department of Insurance is currently recruiting members for two significant Prior Authorization Committees created by the … more
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Family medicine under the domeThe 83rd Texas Legislature strengthened the state’s … more
By Janet Realini, M.D., M.P.H.
Chair, Texas Women’s Healthcare Coalition
In a bipartisan effort, the 83rd Texas Legislature increased funding for preventive care for low-income women, making an important first step toward restored access for over 140,000 low-income women. Senate Bill 1, now signed into law by Gov. Rick Perry, invests in family planning in three key funding streams.
- It adds $32.1 million in state funding to the Department of State Health Services Family Planning Program, replacing federal dollars awarded to the private Women’s Health and Family Planning Association of Texas network through Title X;
- It adds $100 million for a DSHS Primary Health Care Expansion for women’s health care, 60 percent of which will provide contraceptive care; and
- It adds $71.3 million in state funding to maintain the Texas Women’s Health Program, which lost its federal funding due to the “Affiliate Ban Rule” that excluded Planned Parenthood from the program.
By Jonathan Nelson
After all the heated controversy and partisan polemics that characterized this summer’s special sessions of the 83rd Texas Legislature, it’s … more
By Kathy McCarthy, TAFP COO
Looking back at the past few years, TAFP has much to be proud of. Family medicine had a successful legislative session this year – increases in graduate medical education funding, restoration of the loan repayment program, and passage of legislation that will reduce hassle by standardizing prior authorization forms. Some other areas to highlight include the tremendous leadership we have at TAFP and the ways that branches out. The election of Dr. Lloyd Van Winkle to the AAFP Board last year makes sure that the voice of the small practice physician is heard at the national level. There are currently three TAFP members serving on the TMA Board of Trustees – Dr. Art Klawitter, Dr. Lewis Foxhall, and Dr. Doug Curran. It’s so important to have those family docs at the table sharing their concerns and perspectives within the house of medicine.
TAFP’s membership is strong and continues to grow. At a time when membership organizations are struggling to retain members, TAFP has seen almost 6.5 percent growth in active membership in the last five years.more
Capitol Update: Lege strengthens physician workforce, improves women’s health care, and reduces administrative hassles for physicians
The 83rd Texas Legislature finished the … more
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GME 101: What you need to know about graduate medical education in TexasWith funding as complex as graduate medical education – … more
Enrollment opens for Physician Education Loan Repayment Program
Apply by Aug. 31, 2013 to be considered in the first cohort
The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has … more