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How We Advocate for You in Olympia

How We Advocate for You in Olympia

WSMA’s Government Affairs and Policy staff are on the ground in Olympia every day advocating on behalf of physicians, patients, and the practice environment in Washington state. In this 13-minute video, WSMA Director of Policy Jeb Shepard explains what that advocacy looks like in real terms—how we determine the priority issues where we focus our advocacy, how those priorities translate into legislative and regulatory policy, what a typical year cycle looks like for our state government’s policymaking bodies, and more.

Meet WSMA's Team in Olympia

The WSMA has an experienced, dedicated team in Olympia that works every day to educate lawmakers and other state officials on physicians' priorities. Visit the WSMA staff page to meet our government affairs and policy staff and find their contact information. If you have any questions about our legislative and regulatory advocacy, contact staff directly, or contact the WSMA Olympia office at 360.352.4848 or

WSMA Member Support Available

Do you have questions about how changes from the state legislative session will apply to your practice? Are you frustrated by administrative burden or a particular state or federal regulation? The WSMA Policy Department is here to help. As a WSMA member, you have access to policy experts who can assist with your questions and provide information on the latest health care policies and proposals. Your questions and feedback help us shape our policy agenda in partnership with the House of Delegates, our legislative team, and state and federal agencies, and may lead to direct WSMA-led action before the state to address issues facing physicians.

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