Senator Nelson Named a "Friend of Medicine"

December 5, 2011

Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, this weekend received the "Friend of Medicine" Award from the Texas Medical Association (TMA) in honor of her work on major reforms during the recent legislative session.

"Senator Nelson has stood as a champion for medicine and Texas patients," said Dr. Joe Todd, chair of TEXPAC, the political action committee of TMA.  "And as the longtime Chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, she has been instrumental in passing hundreds of bills that improve the health of our children, our communities, and our state."

"I am honored by this award and am grateful for the many Texas health providers who collaborated closely on our legislative efforts this year," said Senator Nelson.  "This organization provides a unified voice for Texas medicine and works tirelessly for improvements in health care."

TMA praised Senator Nelson's work as chair of a subcommittee that drafted the Medicaid budget.  She led the effort to identify more than $3 billion in efficiency savings.  This action freed up funds for critical services and prevented drastic reductions to Medicaid services and to the reimbursement rates for health care providers.  The organization also cited her leadership on reforms to the Texas Medical Board, along with her efforts to promote health quality and to re-focus health care dollars on healthy outcomes for Texas patients.

SENATOR JANE NELSON represents District 12, including portions of Tarrant and Denton Counties. She is Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health & Human Services.