PCMS Members are encouraged to contact key legislative committees on bills that impact medical practices.
WSMA's government affairs team is hard at work advocating in Olympia for physicians statewide. Share your voice on these important issues.
Audio-only telemedicine - Take action!
House Bill 1196, which would allow patients to receive covered health care services over the telephone, is being considered in the Senate after passing out of the House with a vote of 94-3. Thank you to Jessica Schlicher, MD, who testified in support during a public hearing in the Senate Health & Long Term Care Committee, and to the WSMA members who responded to our call to action on this issue. If you haven't yet sent a message to your legislators in support of HB 1196, do so today - your feedback can still make a difference.
PPE reimbursement - Take action!
Senate Bill 5169, which would require commercial insurance carriers to reimburse for personal protective equipment costs that increased because of the pandemic, is being considered in the House after passing unanimously out of the Senate. The bill was approved by the House Health Care & Wellness Committee and is now eligible for a vote on the House floor. Thank you to Washington State Medical Group Management Association representative Marta De La Torre, who testified in support of SB 5196, and to the WSMA members who responded to our call to action on this issue. If you haven't yet sent a message to your legislators in support of SB 5169, do so today - your feedback can still make a difference.
Medicaid reimbursement - Take action!
One of WSMA's top budget priorities is the restoration of the primary care, pediatric, and behavioral health care Medicaid reimbursement rate adjustments vetoed by Gov. Jay Inslee in 2020. The WSMA and our coalition of partner organizations are pursuing a strategy to incorporate these increases into legislative budget proposals, as occurred during the 2020 legislative session. If you haven't yet done so, send a message to your legislators asking them to reinstate these rate adjustments - learn more and send your message today.