The Physicians Benevolent Fund of the Texas Medical Association is now accepting applications for the Hurricane Ike Disaster Relief Fund. “The program’s purpose is to reestablish the delivery of medical care to the hardest-hit areas of Texas by providing physicians in need with financial assistance,” said TMA House Speaker Stephen L. Brotherton, MD, chair of the Disaster Relief Fund. “Grants are available if your practice incurred uninsured or non-reimbursable property damage and you do not have adequate funding to cover the damage.” Grants are available if the practice incurred uninsured or non-reimbursable property damage and does not have adequate funding to cover the damage. This includes relocating or rehabilitating the physician's medical office, obtaining replacement equipment, rebuilding patient records, and aiding staff; and paying temporary operating expenses, including rent for temporary offices and other working capital requirements. Practices in Angelina, Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Cherokee, Fort Bend, Galveston, Grimes, Hardin, Harris, Houston, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Madison, Matagorda, Montgomery, Nacogdoches, Newton, Orange, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Trinity, Tyler, Walker, Waller, and Washington counties are eligible for assistance. Applications must be received by Jan. 5, 2009.