2022 Legislative Agenda

We encourage you to become familiar with WAFP’s legislative agenda and stay up to date on the latest developments through our regular legislative updates.

With an emphasis on health equity, during the 2022 legislative session the Washington Academy of Family Physicians will:

Support legislation reinforcing the essential role of primary care in the physical and mental health of Washington residents, including any to:

  • Increase spending on primary care as a proportion of overall health spending.
  • Assist family physicians, their practices, and their patients in responding to and recovering from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Further integrate mental health services into primary care settings.
  • 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:

  • Expand access to quality, affordable health care coverage.
  • Sustain Community Health Centers, Rural Health Clinics, and Teaching Health Centers.
  • Create incentives for medical school students to go into primary care.
  • Increase Graduate Medical Education funding for family medicine residencies.
  • Enable broader use of telehealth where doing so will strengthen primary care.

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

  • Sufficiently fund core public health services and support local public health officers and science-based governance of local boards of health.
  • Address racism as a public health crisis.
  • Reduce gun violence.
  • Improve access to housing and good nutrition.
  • Mitigate climate change.
  • Prioritize treatment instead of punishment for people with substance use disorder.
  • Integrate services to address social determinants of health into primary care.

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.
  • Reduce funding to crucial primary care education or safety net health care programs.