2018 Legislative Agenda

During the 2018 legislative session, the Washington Academy of Family Physicians:
Supported 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.

Supported 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 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 Graduated Medical Education funding for family medicine residencies.
  • Restrict the use by hospitals and health systems of unreasonable non-compete agreements.

Supported 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.

Opposed 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.