Summit III Passes Bill to Reduce the Number of Uninsured

Participants in Texas Medical Association’s Healthy Vision 2010 Health Care Summit III, which included representatives of medicine, business, insurance, hospitals and other health care providers, and government approved a package of uninsurance recommendations for the 2007 Texas Legislature to consider.

Here is the text of “Summit Bill 2″ as finally passed by a committee chaired by State Rep. Carlos Uresti(D-San Antonio): (more…)

Published in: on October 30, 2006 at 12:02 pm  Comments (1)  

Summit III Approves Wellness Bill

Participants in Texas Medical Association’s Healthy Vision 2010 Health Care Summit III, which included representatives of medicine, business, insurance, hospitals and other health care providers, and government approved a package of wellness recommendations for the 2007 Texas Legislature to consider.

Here is the text of “Summit Bill 1″ as finally passed by a committee chaired by State Rep. Glenn Hegar Jr. (R-Katy): (more…)

Published in: on October 30, 2006 at 11:59 am  Leave a Comment  

New Date, Location for Summit III

We have a new date and an exciting new location for TMA’s Healthy Vision 2010 Health Care Summit III.

Summitteers will return to Austin on Friday, Oct. 27 and convene in a hearing room at the State Capitol Building for a mock legislative hearing.

What better way to finalize our collaborative legislative agenda than through a mock hearing at the home of the Texas Legislature – the State Capitol Building? We’ll spend the day testifying, debating, and amending the Summit II recommendations to:

  • Facilitate public-private partnerships to help small employers provide health coverage for their workers; and
  • Enhance wellness from both the employer and community perspective

Summit III participants will serve as committee members, bill sponsors, and witnesses.

Published in: on September 27, 2006 at 11:38 am  Leave a Comment  

Healthy Vision Summit Wellness Recommendations – Distilled

I used the same process described below (for the uninsured recommendations) to distill and organize the approved Summit II recommendations on wellness. Again, please use this blog to comment on what you like and don’t like.

Texas Medical Association’s Healthy Vision 2010 Health Care Summit II Recommendations – Wellness:

To enhance wellness from both the employer and community perspective, the State of Texas should: (more…)

Published in: on September 15, 2006 at 4:58 pm  Comments (2)  

Healthy Vision Summit Uninsured Recommendations – Distilled

I have finally finished sorting through the many tremendous recommendations from TMA’s Healthy Vision 2010 Health Care Summit II on how to solve Texas’ terrible uninsured problem. I tried to organize and combine them in some logical manner. I excluded all the recommendations that either:

  • Did not receive the necessary 60-percent approval from all Summit II participants; or
  • Did not receive 60-percent approval from any of the sub-groups attending Summit II.

I know the latter criterion was not part of the announced Summit II ground rules. But if our goal is a collaborative legislative agenda that all Summit participants can support, it seems prudent to omit those recommendations that already have elicited opposition from one or more of our core groups.

Plans are still in the works for exactly how Summit III will work. In the meantime, please use this blog to comment on what you like or don’t like about these recommendations. (Wellness recommendations will be posted shortly).

Texas Medical Association’s Healthy Vision 2010 Health Care Summit II Recommendations – The Uninsured:

To facilitate public-private partnerships to help small employers provide health coverage for their workers, the State of Texas should: (more…)

Published in: on September 15, 2006 at 4:54 pm  Comments (1)  

Healthy Vision Summit Approves 14 Recommendations on Wellness

In the afternoon session of Texas Medical Association’s Healthy Vision 2010 Health Care Summit II, participants addressed possible ways to reduce health care costs and improve the health of all Texans by promoting wellness programs.

Summiteers worked up 14 recommendations in answer to this question: “What is the case for wellness from both the employer and community perspective?” Based on the Summit groundrules, only those recommendations that received support of 60 percent or more of the participants will go on for further consideration at Summit III.

All 14 recommendations exceded the 60-percent threshold:

(more…)

Published in: on September 1, 2006 at 5:33 pm  Leave a Comment  
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