Apr 11, 2011

Ask Your Senator to Help Stop SB 1001

TMA Legislative News Hotline

Monday, April 11, 2011

A dangerously bad is bill moving. It must be stopped before it gets on the Senate floor. Senate Bill 1001 by Sen. John Carona (R-Dallas) would let the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners (and certain other boards that are not lobbying for this bill) to write any rule, make any expansion and bill for it — almost without restrictions.

SB 1001 does not apply just to chiropractors but also to midwives, acupuncturists, podiatrists, and surgical assistants. All these practitioners could perform any procedure they want as long as their licensure board says it’s fine. This is a very dangerous precedent. They are not physicians. They do not have the education, training, expertise, or skills of physicians.

Call you senator today. Ask for his or her FIRM COMMITMENT to stop this bill NOW. Use the TMA’s Grassroots Action Center for an easy way to send an e-mail or obtain your senator’s phone number. If you obtain such a commitment, please send a short e-mail to the TMA Public Affairs Office.

TMA’s Message: Want to know where TMA stands on issues before House and Senate committees this session? All the testimonies presented by TMA leaders are on the TMA website. You can also find letters TMA has sent to our state leaders.

And, if you want to watch TMA members’ actual testimonies before House and Senate committees, go to Texas Legislature Online, choose Texas House or Texas Senate, then click on News. You will be redirected to the homepage for the Texas House or Texas Senate, where you can find a tab for archived webcasts.

Sonogram bill: The Senate State Affairs Committee will take up House Bill 15 by Rep. Sid Miller (R-Stephenville). The measure requires a physician performing an abortion also to perform a sonogram on the pregnant woman not more than 72 hours and not less than 24 hours before the procedure, except in cases where the mother’s life is endangered. The bill requires the physician to make the sonogram images and heart auscultation accessible to the patient and to describe the results in easy-to-understand language. There is supposed to be a substitute that incorporates a number of changes to the House-passed version of the legislation. If the committee supports it, HB 15 then goes to the full Senate.

The physician of the day at the capitol is John L. Redman, MD, of Anahuac. Dr. Redman has practiced family medicine for four years. He graduated from The University of Texas Medical Branch in 2004. Dr. Redman is a member of TMA and Liberty-Chambers County Medical Society.


Anonymous said...

What education do podiatrist and chiropractors have that is so different from physicians? Aren't they considered physicians in other states? I've been treated by both with better results with a chiro? Can someone explain?

C.X. DOMINO, D.C. said...

On a Fede4eral level chiropractors are physicians and have the same training as MDs. The only difference is that pharmacology education is limited but easy to obtain. Writng an Rx is not rocket science.