2017 Legislative Agenda

During the 2017 Legislative session, the Washington Academy of Family Physicians will:
Support legislation acknowledging the central role of primary care in the physical and mental health of Washington residents, and making it easier to maintain such a practice, including any to:

  • Match the increased expectations of family physicians under Healthier Washington with increased reimbursement.
  • Provide family physicians with the resources and expertise needed to transform their practices to deliver integrated, patient-centered care.
  • Reduce the administrative, regulatory and tax burden imposed on family physicians.

Support legislation improving Washington residents’ access to high quality primary care services, including any to:

  • Maintain or improve the health care coverage provided under the Affordable Care Act
  • Further allow and encourage the use of telemedicine.
  • Create incentives for medical school students to go into primary care.
  • Increase GME funding for family medicine residencies.
  • Restrict the use of unreasonable non-compete agreements.

Support legislation addressing social determinants of health and strengthening the public health system, including any to:

  • Provide paid family leave.
  • Promote health equity and protect the well-being and civil rights of all residents.
  • Tackle the opioid epidemic in a comprehensive, evidence-based fashion.
  • Reduce pollution and prevent climate change.
  • Sufficiently fund core public health services.

Oppose legislation diminishing the role of or reducing access to family physicians, or making it harder to maintain such a practice, including any to:

  • Impose inappropriate new programs or requirements on family physicians.
  • Mandate additional training or continuing education.
  • Reduce quality or increase risks to patients receiving care.
  • Impose additional unfunded responsibilities on family physicians under Medicaid.
  • Reduce funding to crucial safety net health care programs.