2018 Legislative Agenda

During the 2018 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 legal, administrative, 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 Children’s Health Insurance Program and the Affordable Care Act.
  • Help sustain Community Health Centers and Teaching Health Centers.
  • Further allow and encourage the use of telemedicine.
  • Create incentives for medical school students to go into primary care.
  • Increase Graduate Medical Education funding for family medicine residencies.
  • Restrict the use by hospitals and health systems of unreasonable non-compete agreements.

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

  • Sufficiently fund core public health services.
  • Promote health equity and protect the well-being and civil rights of all residents.
  • Tackle the opioid epidemic in a thoughtful, balanced, and evidence-based fashion.
  • Provide meaningful housing options for the homeless and near-homeless.
  • Reduce the number of people who use tobacco and nicotine products (smoke, smokeless, vape, etc).

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.