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

WSMA Legislative Summit

The 2020 Legislative Summit will take place in Olympia on Tuesday, Feb 25. The event begins at 8:30 a.m. in the Columbia Room of the Legislative Building on the Capitol campus.

Online pre-registration ends this Friday, Feb. 21 at the close of business (registration is free for members—register online here). Note: We are no longer arranging meeting with legislators; however, you are still welcome to pre-register to attend the morning session of presentations. Walk-ins for the morning session are welcome.

About the Summit

Attend the WSMA Legislative Summit and help us turn WSMA policy into action.

At this year's Summit, Attorney General Bob Ferguson, Washington's chief legal officer, will join us, along with other top Washington state officials and health care leaders, as we kick off an action-packed day on the Hill dedicated to advancing priority issues for physicians, physician assistants, and patients.

Attorney General Bob Ferguson
  • Hear from AG Ferguson and our other invited guest speakers who will share their perspectives on health care in Washington state and the political skirmishes ahead.
  • Learn which legislative and budget items the WSMA believes will benefit most from your support during the state legislative session.
  • Receive information on how to meet with your legislators and effectively deliver our message.

We know your time is valuable: We'll provide lunch and we'll handle scheduling your (optional) personal meetings with your state legislative delegation in the afternoon.

This free event provides a unique opportunity to make your voice heard by the people who are deliberating the policies, laws, and regulations in Olympia that impact the practice of medicine in Washington. You'll also have a chance to meet Washington's next generation of physicians, as we welcome medical student delegations from Washington State University's Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, University of Washington's School of Medicine, and Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences to the Summit.

Top Advocacy Issues

The 2020 Summit will focus on WSMA's top advocacy priorities, including*:

  • B&O tax surcharge – Repeal the tax on physicians and health care providers under House Bill 2158 from 2019.
  • Prior authorization – Collect data on insurer prior authorization practices and promote appropriate use criteria in lieu of prior authorization.
  • Telemedicine payment parity – Pass Senate Bill 5385, requiring services delivered via telemedicine to be reimbursed at the same rate as if they were delivered in-person.

Our legislative team will be on hand to brief you on the relevant bills needing your support and will provide messaging and tips on meeting with your legislators. Clinician expertise is crucial in informing legislators' decision-making—lending your support to one or more of these issues during the Summit can make a real difference.

*Issues subject to change, given the unpredictable nature of the state legislative session. The WSMA will keep you informed of any updates to our priority issues.

Agenda

Note: Times are subject to change.

8 a.m.
Registration opens
 

8:30 a.m.
Registration and light breakfast
All participants
 

8:50 a.m.
Introductions and opening remarks
Dr. Bill Hirota
WSMA President
 

9 a.m.
The Senate Majority Leader’s perspective on the 2020 legislative session
Andy Billig
Senator
 

9:30 a.m.
Top Legislative Summit issues review
Sean Graham
WSMA Director of Government Affairs
 

10 a.m.
Legislative priorities and other initiatives of the Attorney General’s Office
Bob Ferguson
Washington State Attorney General
 

10:30 a.m.
WSMA legislative agenda overview
Sean Graham
WSMA Director of Government Affairs
 

11:15 a.m.
Advocacy 101
Steve Bergquist, Avanti Bergquist
Representative M.D.
 

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

Noon
Lunch - Legislators Invited
All participants
 

1 p.m.
Meetings with legislators begin
All participants
 

Disclaimer

Notice: 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 and 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 milana@wsma.org.

Corporate Partner

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

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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.

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