The Weekly Dose           Bexar County Medical Society

Week of June 1,  2014 

Vol. 3, No. 38



Sept. 24

BCMS Fall General Membership Meeting

6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. 

Hilton at the Airport, 611 N.W. Loop 410 

CME and legislative updates 



Oct. 16

BCMS Auto Show

5 p.m.-9 p.m.

BCMS office parking lot,

6243 IH-10 West

Complimentary buffet and cocktail party; new model vehicles; family and friends welcome


TMA signs on to Texas Pediatric Society and March of Dimes letter

to the governor advocating for continued CHIP funding

Federal funding for CHIP expires

Oct. 1, 2015; program runs through 2019


By Mary E. Nava, MBA

Chief Governmental and Community Relations Officer 


The Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which was enacted in 1997, has helped provide health insurance coverage for Texas children in families whose income exceeds the levels to qualify for Medicaid, yet at the same time, don't earn enough to afford buying health insurance.


In 2012, just under a million (999,838) children were insured, thanks to CHIP.  Now, TMA is going to bat again for Texas children, joining forces with the Texas Pediatric Society and the March of Dimes, along with numerous state organizations with similar missions in helping the children of our state.


For more information and to read the letter to Gov. Rick Perry, click here


For more information on this and other advocacy topics, consider joining the BCMS Legislative and Socioeconomics Committee by contacting 

Mary Nava.






Be prepared. Make a plan. 


The BCMS Emergency Preparedness Committee would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone to prepare your family and encourage your patients to prepare for the unforeseen emergency that can strike anytime -- flash floods, tornadoes, fire, etc.


Make a plan, build your emergency kits, and don't forget your pets!


Good resources for preparedness can be found at and for information in Spanish.


Hurricane season is upon us. The 2014 Atlantic hurricane season starts June 1 and ends on Nov. 30.


If you have family in hurricane-prone areas, please encourage them to prepare in advance for hurricane season. 


Basic hurricane preparedness tips include:


Before a hurricane:                               

* Prepare an evacuation kit; you can find more information on what you need in the kit at or

* Secure any important papers in a waterproof container.

* Fill up your vehicle's tank with gas.

* Get any necessary prescription medications refilled.

* Have enough cash on hand to last for several days.

* Make sure you have enough extra food and water for your pet.


During a hurricane:

* Listen to the radio or TV for information.

* If you are directed by local authorities to evacuate, be sure to follow their instructions.

* Stay indoors during the hurricane and away from windows and glass doors.


After a hurricane:

* Safety is a primary issue, as is physical and mental well-being.









 How many financial advisors are too many? 


By Nancy Thomas, CWS Senior Vice President, Frost


Diversify your portfolio. It's an investment mantra frequently repeated to investors looking to manage risk. The concept often works because different types of securities generally react differently to the same event.

These days more and more investors are taking diversification a step further, reasoning that if diversifying their investments can help them manage risk in their portfolios, then diversifying their financial advisors could do the same.

Here's the problem: If one advisor manages some of your money and another manages another portion of your money, they may be working at cross purposes, unless they communicate with one another -- which may not be the case.

The result? 


Your overall portfolio may contain large concentrations of certain types of investments because both of your advisors are putting money into the same securities or sectors. Or, your portfolio might be full of competing investments that neutralize your strategy.

One additional problem: You must take the responsibility for trying to coordinate your advisors' activities, requiring your time and hard work. And without a complete understanding of what each is doing, serious estate planning and tax problems may occur.

My advice: Find one well-qualified, trusted advisor to help you develop an investment plan tailored to your goals and to coordinate the activities of your attorney, CPA, insurance professional and others.

Contact Nancy Thomas at 210-220-6532 or

Nancy Thomas is a registered representative of and investment products are offered through Frost Brokerage Services, Inc., Member FINRA and SIPC.

Investment management services, financial planning, and trust services are offered through Frost Wealth Advisors of Frost Bank. Investment products are not FDIC insured, are not bank guaranteed, and may lose value.


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This information is sent on behalf of a valued BCMS Circle of Friends sponsor at the gold level, but it is not an endorsement. Donations from Circle of Friends sponsors help keep down the cost of dues and allow BCMS to continue to provide quality service to its members. The society continues its pledge to you and only will involve itself in services and programs that benefit you, the member, and your patients.





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