FIRST TUESDAYS AT THE CAPITOL


Your patients and your profession need you to be a lobbyist for a day. Mark your calendar now to join the Party of Medicine in Austin for First Tuesdays at the Capitol during the 86th Texas Legislature.

The "White Coat Invasion" has been the key to physicians' successes in the Texas Legislature since physicians first descended on Austin during  First Tuesdays at the Capitol in 2003. Our senators and representatives listen when their hometown doctors appear in their offices. Our influence is so much greater when physicians and alliance members arrive en masse in the House and Senate galleries. It's time again to bring out Texas medicine's strongest weapon. Until the March 10 bill filing deadline, DCMS and TMA physicians are talking in general terms with their legislators about the issues we support. See this TMA publication for the issues members are discussing now.

Join us during the 86th Texas Legislature on Feb. 5, March 5, April 2, and May 7, 2019.

All physicians are welcome at all First Tuesdays; however, March 5 is the Designated Residents and Young Physicians First Tuesday, and April 2 is the Designated Medical Students First Tuesday.

As part of First Tuesdays, you will:

  • Make a difference now and for medicine's future.
  • Become well-versed on the issues facing medicine in the 2019 session.
  • Inform your senator and representative and their aides about these issues.
  • Attend committee hearings and House and Senate sessions.

Registration fees are $25 for each First Tuesday event. Fees are waived for residents and students.

Until the March 8 bill filing deadline, DCMS and TMA physicians are talking in general terms with their legislators about the issues we support. 

TMA's comprehensive 2019 legislative agenda advocates what's best for patients and their physicians, from preserving physicians' right to bill for services, to improving Medicaid payment rates, and reducing red tape and hassles.

DCMS physicians who would like to join their colleagues in Austin can contact Tracy Casto, DCMS director of advocacy, at tracy@dallas-cms.org or 214-413-1427.  

“If physicians aren’t at the table, they’re on the menu.”

This sums up why physicians need to be involved in all phases of the legislative process – starting with interviewing prospective candidates, working for their election, and staying in touch with them during and between sessions.

The Legislature meets from January through May every odd-numbered year, but members also are plenty busy during the interim. 

Throughout the year, your colleagues work with lawmakers and lobby staff in taking bills from the idea stage to the final stage, and we need all members’ involvement to make for a successful session for Medicine. 

To get involved at any level, contact Tracy Casto, DCMS director of public affairs and advocacy, at tracy@dallas-cms.org or call 214-413-1427.