Senator Rodríguez endorsed by the Texas Academy of Family Physicians
Sept. 20, 2012 AUSTIN – The political advocacy arm of the Texas Academy of Family Physicians, Texas’ largest physician specialty organization, has endorsed State Sen. Jose Rodriguez for re-election to Texas Senate District 29.
“Now, perhaps more than ever before, Texas needs qualified individuals in the Texas Senate who have a proven record of protecting patients,” said Dr. Lloyd Van Winkle, MD TAFPPAC Chairman. “Family Physicians are supporting Sen. Rodriguez because he will continue to fight for affordable, quality health care that is accessible to all Texas families.”
During his tenure in the Texas Senate, Sen. Rodriguez:
- Protected Texas’ Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program;
- Fought for affordable health insurance for individuals and small businesses;
- Strengthened our public health safety net through initiatives to improve childhood immunization rates and address Texas’ childhood obesity epidemic.
- Supported sweeping patients’ rights reforms, including protecting patients and health care professionals from abusive tactics of HMOs.
“The spirited debate on health care funding and access to affordable health care coverage will continue next legislative session and much is at stake for our patients,” Van Winkle said. “Sen. Rodriguez will ensure our health care dollars are spent efficiently and will be a steadfast advocate for our patients.”
The Texas Academy of Family Physicians the state’s largest medical specialty organization representing more than 7,000 family physicians, residents, and medical students, promotes and assures the maintenance of high-quality health care. It provides its members with a unified voice for family medicine and continues to be one of the most patient-oriented, public health-focused organizations in Texas.