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Evaluation of Legislation

The WSMA adopted the following guidelines regarding evaluation of legislation:

Does the proposed legislation:

  1. Provide for, or move toward, universal health insurance coverage for all Washington residents?
  2. Provide for adequate and appropriate funding, including for Medicaid and other public programs?
  3. Move away from micromanagement of the health care system?
  4. Provide administrative relief for physicians and their practices?
  5. Provide for clinical sovereignty and/or physician leadership in the health care marketplace?
  6. Provide for reasonable consumer choice of health (insurance) plans and providers as the private marketplace drives for greater cost controls and more managed care?
  7. Have any effect on licensure and use of other provider groups?
  8. Lead to improvements in the health of Washington citizens?
  9. Provide a broad definition of managed care with adequate protection for consumers and providers?
  10. Support WSMA liability reform goals?
  11. Support WSMA goals regarding health care data – its collection, use and confidentiality?
  12. Advance insurance reforms that preserve portability and affordability of coverage for those who need it most?
  13. Use language and concepts that are understandable to consumers and providers?

(BT 11/94) (Reaffirmed A-17)


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Abbreviations for House of Delegates report origination:

EC – Executive Committee; BT – Board of Trustees; CPA – Council on Professional Affairs; JC – Judicial Council; CHS – Community and Health Services

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