Evaluation of Legislation
The WSMA adopted the following guidelines regarding evaluation of legislation:
Does the proposed legislation:
- Provide for, or move toward, universal health insurance coverage for all Washington residents?
- Provide for adequate and appropriate funding, including for Medicaid and other public programs?
- Move away from micromanagement of the health care system?
- Provide administrative relief for physicians and their practices?
- Provide for clinical sovereignty and/or physician leadership in the health care marketplace?
- Provide for reasonable consumer choice of health (insurance) plans and providers as the private marketplace drives for greater cost controls and more managed care?
- Have any effect on licensure and use of other provider groups?
- Lead to improvements in the health of Washington citizens?
- Provide a broad definition of managed care with adequate protection for consumers and providers?
- Support WSMA liability reform goals?
- Support WSMA goals regarding health care data – its collection, use and confidentiality?
- Advance insurance reforms that preserve portability and affordability of coverage for those who need it most?
- 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