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First Week of the 2016 Legislative Session

First week of session write-up (January 11th – 15th) The 2016 legislative session is right around the corner, convening Monday, January 11th. Your WSMA legislative team is already hard at work, advocating for issues that are important to the physicians … Continue reading

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Input Needed on New WSMA Governance Structure

At this year’s WSMA annual meeting, we solicited feedback from the House of Delegates on piloting a new governance structure. Our existing governance structure has evolved little over the past century. As Dr. Ray Hsiao, new WSMA president, noted in … Continue reading

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Washington State Legislature Still In Session

Final state budget contains major wins for WSMA After a record-breaking 168 days of session, the Washington State Legislature has yet to adjourn. While the final $38.2 billion budget agreement has the official signature of the governor, several bills necessary … Continue reading

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WSMA Respond to Senate Budget

Washington State Medical Association Responds to Senate Budget   Olympia, Wash. – Leaders in the Washington State Senate released a budget proposal today that attempts to fund education and make needed investments in health care without raising taxes. Senate leaders … Continue reading

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WSMA Responds to House Budget

Washington State Medical Association Responds to House Budget   Olympia, Wash. – Today Democrats in the House of Representatives released their budget proposal, bringing forward a $39 billion state spending plan for the two-year cycle beginning July 1. Spending increases … Continue reading

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WSMA Responds to Lack of Action on Immunization Exemption Bill

The Washington State Medical Association (WSMA) Responds to Lack of Action by State Lawmakers on Immunization Exemption Bill   Seattle, Wash. – The Washington State Medical Association is extremely disappointed that state legislators have failed to pass legislation removing the … Continue reading

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WSMA Lauches ‘Know Your Choices’ Campaign

“Good Medicine Also Includes Knowing What Shouldn’t be Done…” …Was the headline on an op-ed from WSMA President Dr. Nick Rajacich in Friday’sNews Tribune. Earned media – such as the op-ed – is integral to our Know Your Choices-Ask Your … Continue reading

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MQAC has physician positions available

The Department of Health is currently accepting applications to fill vacancies on the Medical Quality Assurance Commission (MQAC). Says DoH, “We are looking for people willing to study the issues and make decisions in the best interest of the public.” … Continue reading

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Judge Rules on Three ED Visit Limit

Last week a Thurston County Superior Court ordered a halt of the state’s controversial three emergency room visit benefit limit for Medicaid enrollees and opens a door for some collaborative discussions. The judge’s ruling – in favor of the suit … Continue reading

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Changing coverage due to budget reductions

Medicaid is notifying clients that it is changing coverage for some health care services as a consequence of budget reductions for the 2011- 2013 biennium. A letter is being mailed to clients on September 1, 2011. It details benefit changes that became … Continue reading

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