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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

Legislative Summit

Help us advance priority issues for physicians, physician assistants, medical students, and patients by attending the 2022 WSMA Legislative Summit!

In deference to public health guidelines during the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency, all indoor events at the Capitol have been cancelled for the duration of the 2022 legislative session. As a result, the 2022 WSMA Legislative Summit will once again be conducted virtually. Registration is free to all WSMA members.

On Monday, Feb. 7, join us from 5:30-8 p.m. for an update from your government affairs team on everything happening in Olympia, and hear from featured state policymakers. This year’s 60-day “short” session will largely focus on tweaking passed policy bills and adjusting the state’s biennial budget passed in 2021, as well as continued COVID-19 response efforts and a variety of other important issues to the house of medicine.

During the evening session, you’ll learn which legislative and budget items the WSMA believes will benefit most from your support, including WSMA’s legislative priorities:

2022 WSMA Legislative Priorities (subject to change)

  • Fiscal
    • Medicaid reimbursement rate increases for physician specialties
    • Health care workforce investments
    • Taxes
  • Policy
    • Balance billing and network adequacy
    • Scope of practice
      • Naturopaths
      • ARNPs
      • Optometrists
      • Psychologists
      • Midwives
      • Anesthesia assistants
      • And more

With the recent release of the 2022 legislative session calendar, which includes committee hearing and floor debate schedules as well as cutoff deadlines, a variety of issues were created that would make attempts at securing meetings between physicians and legislators on Feb. 8 challenging, and ultimately unsuccessful. So while the WSMA will not be arranging legislators meetings this session as part of the Legislative Summit event, we will still hold the evening information session as envisioned on Feb. 7.

If you would still like to reach out to your legislators for a meeting that fits your schedule, be on the lookout for WSMA’s upcoming, first-of-its-kind Advocacy Toolkit – complete with tips on how to arrange a meeting with your legislator, track and testify on bills, and more.

We look forward to seeing you all at the 2022 WSMA Legislative Summit on Feb. 7. Register and secure your spot at the event.

Keynote Speaker

Health Care Authority Director Sue Birch

The WSMA is excited to welcome Health Care Authority Director Sue Birch as a speaker at the 2022 Legislative Summit! Appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee in January 2018, she oversees efforts to transform the health care system, helping ensure Washington residents have access to high-quality, affordable health care. Director Birch will share updates regarding ongoing initiatives at the HCA, such as work related to primary care transformation and the Heath Care Cost Transparency Board, as well as her perspective on pending legislative issues.

The WSMA is also happy to welcome OIC Commissioner Mike Kreidler as a speaker at the 2022 Legislative Summit! Commissioner Kreidler is Washington’s eighth insurance commissioner, first elected in 2000 and re-elected to his fifth term in 2016. He is the longest-serving insurance commissioner in the country and a staunch advocate for consumer protection. He will share his perspective on pending balance billing and network access legislation, as well as other priorities for the Office of the Insurance Commissioner.

Event outline

  • Opening remarks and introductions
  • WSMA legislative overview
  • Keynote speakers, including HCA Director Sue Birch and OIC Commissioner Mike Kreidler
  • Top WSMA Legislative Summit issues review
  • How to meet with legislators virtually and advocacy 101

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.

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