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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

With the 2023 Washington state legislative session well underway, the 2023 WSMA Legislative Summit will return to the state Capitol on Feb. 3, 2023, for this important physician and patient advocacy event. The Legislative Summit is free for WSMA members.

Reps. Marcus Riccelli, Joe Schmick to Keynote 2023 WSMA Legislative Summit

Rep. Marcus Riccelli

This year, we’re excited to be joined by Rep. Marcus Riccelli, D-Spokane, who is the new House Health Care and Wellness Committee chair, replacing former Democratic representative Eileen Cody. Born and raised in Spokane and a two-time WSMA legislator of the year award winner, Rep. Riccelli has spent the past six legislative sessions fortifying his commitment to increasing access to care for patients and supporting the physician community. A few of his legislative highlights include:

  • Audio-only telemedicine (House Bill 1196 from 2021)
  • Generational investments in Foundational Public Health Services (2021)
  • Physician Assistant Modernization Act (House Bill 2378 from 2020)

Rep. Riccelli has had a sustained interest in supporting the existing physician workforce, repeatedly supporting WSMA proposals to increase Medicaid reimbursement rates (also a top priority for the 2023 session) and working to help create the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine at Washington State University. House Health Care & Wellness Committee Ranking Member Rep. Joe Schmick (R-Colfax) will also participate in this discussion.

At the Legislative Summit on Feb. 3, you will hear from Reps. Riccelli and Schmick and our other invited guest speakers who will share their perspectives on health care in Washington state and the political skirmishes ahead.

Sen. Karen Keiser leads panel discussion on abortion care in Washington

With Roe v. Wade overturned, a slew of abortion and reproductive care bills are pending before lawmakers this legislative session. At this year’s Legislative Summit, we’ll check in on these bills and more during a robust panel discussion on the state of abortion care in Washington. Our guest panelists include:

  • Senator Karen Keiser (D-Des Moines)
  • Nari Heshmati, MD, WSMA president elect and practicing OB-GYN
  • Courtney Normand, Planned Parenthood State Director

Overview of WSMA priority session agenda

WSMA’s government affairs staff will walk you through the priority legislative and budget items the WSMA believes will benefit most from your support during the state legislative session:

  • Across-the-board Medicaid reimbursement rate increases
  • Standardizing the prior authorization process
  • Ensuring access to abortion and reproductive health care services
  • Preventing inappropriate scope-of-practice increases

The 2023 legislative session represents a return to in-person work in Olympia following two years of virtual session. As we have in the past, WSMA will seek to schedule personal meetings with your state legislative delegation, schedules and COVID protocol permitting.

The WSMA Legislative Summit will being at 8 a.m. in the Columbia Room of the Legislative Building, 416 Sid Snyder Avenue Southwest, Olympia, WA 98504. Lunch will be provided. Don’t miss this chance to share your perspective with your local legislators and help amplify WSMA’s legislative priorities—and don’t forget to wear a white coat! The meeting is free for WSMA members.

This event provides a unique opportunity to make your voice heard by the people who are deliberating on the policies that impact the practice of medicine in Washington!

Event Agenda

2023 Legislative Summit agenda (indicated times are estimates)

8:30 a.m. — Registration and light breakfast

8:50 a.m. — Introductions and opening remarks

9 a.m. — WSMA legislative priorities overview

9:30 a.m. — Panel discussion: The state of abortion in Washington

10 a.m. — WSMA legislative agenda overview

11 a.m. — Advocacy 101

11:30 a.m. — Group photos (Bring your white coats!)

12 p.m. — Lunch

12:30 p.m. — Keynote: Health care policy update and Q&A with Rep. Marcus Riccelli and Rep. Joe Schmick


Notice: Please note that the WSMA may have a photographer 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

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