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Access to Health Care (Health Care Reform)


Universal access for all Washingtonians to basic health care benefits packages available through a variety of arrangements, with the basic benefit package defined by a public/private mechanism. (Res B-8, A-96) (Reaffirmed A-17)

The WSMA believes all enrollees in state-funded comprehensive health benefit programs shall be treated equally with regard to covered services and payment to providers of those services. Excluded from this requirement are limited benefit programs for certain special populations such as Labor and Industries' workers compensation and developmental disabilities programs. (Res C-3, A-01) (Reaffirmed A-17)

The WSMA encourages due and open processes when measures related to limiting access to physician services or prescribed services are undertaken by third-party payers or governmental agencies. (Res C-18, A-09)

Coverage for individuals whose incomes fall below an objective income level and who are otherwise not covered, with this coverage to be made available via state subsidized care (funded from general revenues) through a variety of alternative systems, both public and private. (Reaffirmed A-19)

The WSMA will work with County Medical Societies, or other entities where appropriate, in bringing together governmental, non-profit, and other interested organizations to improve access to care for the uninsured and the underinsured. (Res C-14, A-04) (Amended A-17)

The WSMA express its support for universal access to comprehensive, affordable, high-quality health care through a variety of mechanisms including a publicly-funded national healthcare program, including similar legislation at the state level. (C-7, A-21)

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Abbreviations for House of Delegates report origination:

EC – Executive Committee; BT – Board of Trustees; CPA – Council on Professional Affairs; JC – Judicial Council; CHS – Community and Health Services

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