87th Legislature Adjourns Without Passage of HB 1617/SB 207 May 31, 2021 (Austin, Texas) – The Texas Legislature adjourned today without passing Senate Bill 207 or House Bill 1617. Throughout the legislative session, Texas doctors had opposed the bills’ legislative overreach into the independent practice of medicine and their push for government rate setting for
May 6, 2021 (Austin, Texas) – The Texas House Committee on the Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence yesterday approved Senate Bill 207 to limit physician compensation and restrict access to essential health care. More than 60 doctors from across the state testified in hearings in March and April voicing strong opposition to the bill. “With passage
In a letter to the editor of the San Antonio Express News, Raul Martinez, M.D., an anesthesiologist, urges lawmakers to vote no on HB 1617. "The Texas Legislature...would require physicians to make an impossible choice," writes Martinez. Read the letter here.
In an editorial published in the April 8 Odessa American, Brian Reece, M.D., a spine specialist, questions how SB 207 and HB 1617 moving through the Texas Legislature align with traditional conservative values. "Should the bills become law, insurance companies will score yet another victory over physicians and our patients and put Texas
In an editorial published in the April 7 Texas Tribune, Shawn Hayden, M.D., Ph.D, an orthopedic surgeon, describes the deleterious impacts Senate Bill 207/House Bill 1617 will have on his practice and patients if they become law. "[B]ills are again moving through the Legislature with government payment amounts positioned as a fair and
April 7, 2021 (Austin, Texas) –Yesterday, Texas medical leaders from across the state testified before the Texas House Committee on the Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence to oppose House Bill 1617. The doctors voiced concerns with the bill’s legislative overreach into the independent practice of medicine and its push for government rate setting for physician compensation.
April 6, 2021 (Austin, Texas) –Texas physician leaders from across the state will testify today before the Texas House Committee on the Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence to oppose House Bill 1617. The testimony follows that of more than 40 physicians and doctors of chiropractic medicine last week before the Senate Committee on State Affairs opposing
March 29, 2021 (Austin, TX) -- Today and Wednesday, Texas physician leaders will testify before the Texas Senate Committee on State Affairs and House Committee on the Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence to advocate for preserving the current system of civil litigation to ensure Texans injured in car crashes, industrial accidents, or other incidents caused