TMA Legislative News Hotline
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
- House Bill 3291 by Rep. Linda Harper-Brown (R-Irving). It would prohibit insurers from making a false, misleading, or intimidating statement that would encourage a patient to fill prescriptions at a specific pharmacy.
- HB 762 by Rep. Jose Manuel Lozano (D-Kingsville). It would require the state employee health plans (Employees Retirement System [ERS], Teacher Retirement System, The University of Texas System, and Texas A&M University System) to create voluntary pill-splitting programs with a pharmacy copay reduction as a participation incentive. The ERS Board of Trustees would adopt a list of eligible pills for the program and educational materials. It also would require individuals who choose to participate in the program to obtain a prescription from their physician for eligible drugs.
TMA supports several bills on the Senate and House calendars. On the Senate Intent Calendar are these four, plus the committee substitute for HB 1 — the state budget bill discussed above:
- SB 224 by Sen. Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound) requires schools to report students’ fitness and academic scores to the Texas Education Agency.
- SB 1177 by Senator Nelson requires health care facilities such as hospitals to develop and implement vaccination policies to protect patients from vaccine-preventable diseases. The policy would require health care workers to get vaccinations recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.
- SB 1022 by Sen. José Rodríquez (D-El Paso) would allow international medical graduates to apply for licensure in Texas after two years of graduate medical education.
- SB 1533 by Sen. “Chuy” Hinojosa (D-McAllen) restricts the availability of foods served in Texas public schools with industrially produced trans fats.
- HB 127 by Rep. Carol Alvarado (D-Houston) would ban the sale of unhealthy sugary drinks to students in schools.
- HB 273 by Rep. John Zerwas, MD (R-Simonton), would create a committee to study the Interstate Health Care Compact.
|Jeffrey Edwards, MD|
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