Advocating for physicians, patients and our community.  Why Be Politically Active? Here is what physicians are saying:

"If we do not work to manage medical legislation, it will be managed for us. Help save our profession."

  • "Policy-making is not a spectator sport. You cannot sit on the sidelines and say somebody else will do it. It doesn't work that way. You've got to be involved and you've got to be interested."
  • "You either help govern or you're governed."
  • "A physician's responsibility is to seek changes in those requirements which are contrary to the best interest of the patient."
  • "Physicians can join TEXPAC and make their voices heard."

 

Advocating on behalf of organized medicine at the State and Federal levels

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Where it all begins... Advocating on behalf of organized medicine

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...at the TMA HoD level


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…TMA Councils and Committees and Ad Hoc Committees

 

TMA also helps you resolve your insurance related problems. TMA meets regularly with Medicare, Medicaid, health care payment plans, and large insurers to discuss specific problems that you bring to our attention.

  

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TMA House of Delegates:


The Texas Medical Association (TMA)
House of Delegates (HOD) is the legislative and policymaking body for the association. It is made up of over 500 elected members who serve as delegates, alternate delegates or ex officio members. The HOD meets annually during TexMed, TMA's educational showcase and expo, which is held in April or May, rotating among the large cities around the state. In 2017, the HOD meets in Houston on Friday-Saturday mornings, May 5-6. Several weeks prior to the annual session, TMA will post on the HOD web page the reports and resolutions that will be considered during TexMed. For more info, please refer to TMA's House of Delegates Guide and How the HOD Functions.

 

The TMA House of Delegates establishes policy by debating and passing resolutions. A Delegate or Alternate Delegate from a County Society can introduce a resolution on his/her own or at the request of a colleague. Resolutions are reviewed by the County Society Delegation and, following local debate, may be sent to the TMA House for consideration. Some resolutions that are adopted by the TMA House provide the framework for the development of legislative bills or for TMA to work with a state regulatory body to change state law. Other adopted resolutions might be forwarded to the AMA House of Delegates to work for change at the national level.

FBMS Delegation:

Serving on the FBMS Delegation to the TMA House of Delegates is an honor and carries with it the responsibility of representing the physicians of Fort Bend County, and it also provides an opportunity to influence the policies of organized medicine.   A delegation member is able to put forward policy and provide testimony on a variety of issues that would be beneficial to all of our colleagues around the state, as well as the patients we serve.

County medical societies are given 1 seat in the House of Delegates for every 100 members. Fort Bend Medical Society currently has over 200 members (compared to 99 four years ago), therefore,  FBMS will seat 3 delegation members and 3 alternate delegation members for the 2017 TexMed Convention, held in Houston. Both Delegates and Alternate Delegates are expected to be present during House debate and become familiar with the issues. If a delegation member has a conflict and is unable to attend the House meetings, the member must notify FBMS executive director as soon as possible so that another member can be found to take his/her place.

 

TEXPAC:

Texas Medical Association Political Action Committee (TEXPAC) is a bi-partisan political action committee of TMA and affiliated with the American Medical Association Political Action Committee (AMPAC) for congressional contribution purposes only. Its goal is to support and elect pro-medicine candidates on both the federal and state level. Voluntary contributions by individuals to TEXPAC should be written on personal checks. Funds attributed to individuals or professional association (PAs) that would exceed federal contribution limits will be placed in the TEXPAC statewide account to support non-federal political candidates. Contributions are not limited to the suggested amounts. TEXPAC will not favor or disadvantage anyone based on the amounts or failure to make contributions. Contributions used for federal purposes are subject to the prohibitions and limitations of the Federal Election Campaign Act.

Contributions or gifts to TEXPAC or any CMS PAC are not deductible as charitable contributions or business expenses for Federal income tax purposes. Federal law requires us to use our best efforts to collect and report the name, mailing address, occupation and name of employer of individuals whose contributions exceed $200 in a calendar year. To satisfy this regulation, please include your occupation and employer information in the space provided. Contributions from a practice business account must disclose the name of the practice and the allocation of contributions for each contributing owner. Should you have any questions, please call TEXPAC at 512-370-1361.

For more information about TEXPAC, visit www.texpac.org or call Paula Slater at 512-370-1361. Or, contact TCMS Senior Director of Physician Services and Community Relations Stephanie Triggs at striggs@tcms.com or 512-206-1124.