WSMA dues are paid on an annual basis. Dues are non-refundable and apply to a single year of membership. Membership extends from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31.
WSMA dues categories
Full active physicians
Limited practice (fewer than 20 hours per week)
Second year in medical practice (completed residency/fellowship training in 2016)
First year in medical practice (completed residency/fellowship training in 2017)
Fully retired - emeritus*
Washington state medical student or physician assistant student
*To qualify for emeritus status, a retired member has to have been a member of the WSMA or a constituent or component association (a state medical association or a national specialty society/association) of the AMA for 25 years.
Most WSMA members who are insured by Physicians Insurance receive a discount of $300 on their liability insurance premium. Call Physicians Insurance at 206.343.7300 for details.
WSMA dues include a $25 contribution that can be designated for the Washington Medical Political Action Committee (WAMPAC), WSMA's nonpartisan political action committee, or the WSMA Foundation for Health Care Improvement, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation which supports improvements in the quality and delivery of health care services for all Washingtonians. When paying your dues, please select WAMPAC or WSMA Foundation to indicate where you'd like your contribution directed. If you're prohibited from giving to a PAC or a 501(c)(3) for any reason, your contribution can go directly to the WSMA. Should you allocate $25 to the WSMA Foundation, it is 100% tax deductible.
NOTE: In most cases, a portion of the medical association dues may be deductible for tax purposes as professional or business expenses. The Revenue Reconciliation Act of 1993 states that association dues used for lobbying activities are not deductible as a business expense. As a result, a portion of your WSMA dues cannot be deducted as a business expense for federal income tax purposes. See below for current non-deductible lobbying percentage rates. No portion of any dues paid to WAMPAC can be deducted as a business expense on your federal income tax return.
2018 non-deductible lobbying percentage rate is 15%.
2017 non-deductible lobbying percentage rate is 20%.