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"As a member, you can help support the WSMA's efforts at the Legislative Summit each year." - Glen Carlson, MD, Emergency Medicine Physician, Harrison Medical Center

WSMA Legislative Summit

On Feb. 7, don your white coat and join your colleagues at the Capitol for a day of direct action with lawmakers at the 2019 WSMA Legislative Summit!

Registration is free for WSMA members and members of Washington Medical Group Management Association. Register for the event (online registration closes Monday, Feb. 4. Walk-in registration will be available at the meeting site).

WSMA’s legislative lead and Summit presenter Katie Kolan, JD on why you should join us at the 2019 Legislative Summit.

At the 2019 Summit, you will:

  • Hear some of the state's top health care leaders give their perspectives on the landscape of health care in Washington and what they see going forward.
  • Of the health care-related issues being debated during the 2019 state legislative session, find out which legislative and budget items the WSMA believes will benefit most from your support.
  • Receive coaching on how to meet with your legislators and effectively deliver our message.

About the Summit

Each year at the WSMA Legislative Summit, physicians, physician assistants, medical students, and practice staff gather in Olympia at the Capitol to learn about important issues before the Legislature and to meet with their legislators to discuss how lawmaking impacts medicine—the profession and patients.

During the Summit's morning session, attendees hear from select state health care leaders and WSMA legislative staff on the issues being debated in the Legislature that stand to impact the house of medicine. Members also receive preparation for meetings with their legislators later that day (pre-arranged by WSMA staff).

The Summit provides an excellent opportunity to meet your elected representatives and to put a human face on the WSMA's advocacy agenda. Hearing directly from a physician or provider constituent with firsthand expertise on complex issues being debated in the Legislature can help to educate lawmakers on these crucial issues and ensures physicians have a seat at the table as policy is being made.

One of the keys to a successful Legislative Summit is to have WSMA members from all of Washington's 49 legislative districts attend—meaning lawmakers from districts throughout the state hear our advocacy message on behalf of physicians and patients. Register to attend the 2019 WSMA Legislative Summit today. Working together, we will make Washington the best place to practice medicine and receive care.


The Legislative Summit's morning session will take place in the Legislative Building's Columbia Room (416 Sid Snyder Ave., SW, Olympia WA 98501). WSMA staff will help pre-arrange your (optional) meetings with lawmakers in the afternoon. Contact Hailey Hamilton at with questions.

8:30 a.m.
Registration and light breakfast

8:50 a.m.
Introductions and welcome
Tom Schaaf, MD, WSMA President

9 a.m.
A public option proposal in Washington state
Rep. Eileen Cody, House Health Care and Wellness Committee Chair

9:15 a.m.
WSMA legislative agenda overview
Katie Kolan, JD, and Sean Graham, WSMA Government Affairs & Policy

10:15 a.m.
The Health Care Authority’s vision, legislative priorities, and major initiatives
Sue Birch, Washington State Health Care Authority Director

10:45 a.m.
Legislative Summit issue review and how to meet with legislators
Katie Kolan, JD, and Sean Graham, WSMA Government Affairs & Policy

11:45 a.m.
Group photos — bring your white coats!
Milana McLead, WSMA Director of Strategic Communications & Growth

Presentation of the Legislator of the Year award to Rep. Steve Bergquist
Katie Kolan, JD, WSMA Government Affairs & Policy

12:15 p.m.
Legislators invited

1 p.m.
Legislator meetings
All participants

You're invited: Happy hour after the WSMA Legislative Summit

The Thurston-Mason County Medical Society is generously inviting those attending WSMA's Legislative Summit on Thursday, Feb. 7 to come together for happy hour directly after their afternoon meetings with lawmakers. Join your colleagues to unwind after a day of direct action at the Capitol—join the fun starting at 4:30 p.m. at Rhythm & Rye, 311 Capitol Way N, Olympia, WA 98501. The event is free, with snacks and one free drink ticket available, courtesy of the medical society (no RSVP necessary).

Health Care Issue Briefs

During the Legislative Summit morning session, WSMA's legislative staff will brief attendees on three of WSMA's priority issues currently being debated in the Legislature. Summit attendees are encouraged to lend their support to one or more of these three issues as they meet with their legislators in the afternoon. WSMA staff will provide messaging and expert advice on how to make the most of your legislator meetings.

Strengthening Washington state's immunization policy

Support efforts to eliminate the personal and philosophical vaccine exemption for school, child care, and preschool immunization requirements. Read the issue brief or download a copy for print.

Mental and behavioral health access

Support funding and policies that provide better care—physical and mental—to Washingtonians. Read the issue brief or download a copy for print.

Tobacco 21

Support legislation to increase the minimum legal age of sale of tobacco and vapor products from 18 to 21. Read the issue brief or download a copy for print.

No B&O tax on physician services

Oppose a proposal to increase business and occupation tax on physician services. Read the issue brief or download a copy for print.

Corporate Partners

The WSMA wishes to thank the following corporate partners for their generous contributions. Learn more about becoming a partner.


Founded in 1981 under the auspices of the WSMA, Physicians Insurance A Mutual Company is the Northwest's leading medical professional liability insurance company, physician-owned and exclusively endorsed to this day by the WSMA. For over 30 years, Physicians Insurance has remained the stable, committed and local insurer for physicians, clinics, facilities and hospitals, providing risk-management consulting, continuing medical education and claims administration services to more than 7,000 members in Washington, Idaho, Oregon and Wyoming.


Premera Blue Cross’ mission is to provide peace of mind to our members about their healthcare. We provide health insurance and related services to 1.9 million people in Washington and Alaska. Premera Blue Cross has operated in Washington since 1933 and Alaska since 1952 and is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.


First Choice Health is a Seattle-based, physician and hospital owned company that serves the Northwestern United States. We have provided network, administrative and client services since 1985. Just under one million people use our array of products and services in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and select areas of North Dakota and South Dakota.


Hall Render is the largest health care-focused law firm in the country, with over 40 years of experience in health law business and 200 attorneys serving health care clients.


Washington Permanente Medical Group is a multi-specialty group practice of nearly 1,400 physicians, physician assistants, optometrists, midwives and psychologists in Washington state, united by a commitment to excellence, collaboration, compassion, stewardship and innovation.


Please note that the WSMA may have a photographer and/or videographer on-site at this event to gather imagery for use by the WSMA in its communications materials and channels, as well as for media outreach. These images will be the property of the WSMA, and the WSMA will not sell or otherwise market event imagery. If you have any questions regarding imagery taken at a WSMA event, please contact Milana McLead at 206.441.9762 or

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