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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 the 2019 WSMA Legislative Summit!. Registration is free for WSMA members and is now available.

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.

Watch this brief video for a view from the Summit —and hear from WSMA’s legislative lead and Summit presenter Katie Kolan, JD on why you should join us on Feb. 7 at the state capital.

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.

Agenda

WSMA Legislative Summit program is scheduled for 8:50 a.m.-noon. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. Lunch will be provided. Meetings with your legislators take place in the afternoon.

Draft program agenda

  • Registration and continental breakfast
  • Opening remarks and introductions
  • WSMA legislative overview
  • Keynote speakers
  • WSMA top legislative summit issues and how to meet with legislators
  • Group photos – Bring your white coats!
  • Lunch
  • Meetings with legislators

Corporate Partners

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

EXCLUSIVE PREMIER 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.

SILVER PARTNERS

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.

Join or renew your membership today