TMA NEWS RELEASE — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dec. 6 , 2013
Rep. Todd Hunter Wins TMA’s Patient Protection Award
AUSTIN – The Texas Medical Association (TMA) has named Rep. Todd Hunter (R-Corpus Christi) as one of Texas’ best legislators from the 83rd legislative session. Representative Hunter is one of 14 TMA 2013 Patient Protection Award winners.
TMA physicians and TMA Alliance members presented the award to Representative Hunter at its Specialty Advocacy Retreat in Austin. The award recognizes legislators who earned physicians’ greatest gratitude on behalf of their patients.
“These legislators carried or backed legislation to improve health care in Texas, chaired important committees, and worked tirelessly to make a positive difference for Texas patients,” said Jerry Hunsaker, MD, board chair of TEXPAC, TMA’s political action committee.
Representative Hunter played an essential role as House Calendars Committee chair to ensure bills improving Texas’ health care system, preserving patients’ and physicians’ ability to make health care decisions together, and protecting patient safety would be vetted by legislators.
“Representative Hunter helped pave the way for lawmakers to address critical health care bills,” said Dr. Hunsaker. “He put patients first as he has done for years. It is his work as a champion on behalf of patients that earned him TMA’s Patient Protection Award.”
TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation, representing more than 47,000 physician and medical student members. It is located in Austin and has 112 component county medical societies around the state. TMA’s key objective since 1853 is to improve the health of all Texans. TEXPAC speaks on behalf of more than 47,000 Texas physicians and medical students, and nearly 8,000 alliance members. Organized in 1962, TEXPAC is one of the oldest political action committees in Texas. TEXPAC also is one of the largest bipartisan PACs in the state and ranks first in size among other state medical association PACs.
TEXPAC Contact: Clayton Stewart (512) 370-1365; email: [email protected]
Pam Udall (512) 370-1382; cell: (512) 413-6807; email: [email protected]
Brent Annear (512) 370-1381; cell: (512) 656-7320; email: [email protected]
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