The expertise, experience, and perspective of physicians and physician assistants practicing in Washington is crucial to helping to inform
our advocacy on your behalf. And, it's often crucial in helping to inform legislators' decision-making on policy being debated at the state
and federal levels.
On this page, we'll highlight some of WSMA's top advocacy priorities where lawmakers need to hear from physicians and PAs directly.
Congressional Reps. Ami Bera, MD (D-CA) and Larry Bucshon, MD (R-IN)
recently circulated a
“Dear Colleague” letter
highlighting the financial uncertainty within the Medicare payment system
and the dangers facing the physician community if Congress fails to enact
legislation to address these problems.
We need you to
ask your representative to sign-on today.
In what amounts to a “perfect storm” of payment cuts going into effect on
Jan. 1, physician practices face the following stack of Medicare financial
This would result in a combined 9.75% payment cut on Jan. 1. And all of
this comes at a time when physician practices are still recovering from
the emotional and financial impact of the COVID-19 public health
emergency. It’s time to give our nation’s physicians the peace of mind
they deserve as they continue to fight on the front lines of the COVID-19
pandemic without having to worry if their practices will survive these
potentially catastrophic cuts.
A strong collection of bipartisan cosigners will help demonstrate to House
and Senate leadership that this confluence of payment cuts needs to be
addressed via legislation before the end of 2021.
Please contact your Representative today
and urge them to show their support by signing on to Reps. Bera and
Bucshon’s Dear Colleague letter.
The WSMA is preparing our legislative agenda for the 2022 legislative
session and beyond. As a member-driven association, it's important that we
receive input from our physician and physician assistant members on the
issue areas that are important to their ability to practice medicine and
run their practices. Your feedback in our 2021 WSMA Advocacy Survey will
help to guide your WSMA in identifying top legislative priorities and
emerging issues. We appreciate you taking a few minutes of your time to
share your thoughts.