The 2016 session of the Washington State Legislature is over, now it’s all about the 2017 session. No, it’s really about the elections this fall and setting ourselves up to be successful in the 2017 session.
I have been doing this chiropractic political stuff for a long time, but I can’t do any of it without your help. Our hope for success is directly tied to an abundant continuous flow of resources to effectively contribute to State Senate and House campaigns and House and Senate soft money PACs. We have to maintain our current legislative relationships and build new ones on both the Democratic and Republican sides of the aisle. We must have bipartisan support for our issues!
During the short 60-day legislative session, lawmakers were distracted by many priorities – mostly
related to education funding – while we didn’t lose ground we didn’t gain any either. We don’t generally have our best time in short sessions. That’s why it’s extremely important to set the stage for the 2017 five-month session, by working hard raising money and helping re-elect our chiropractic friends and developing new ones in the November 2016 election.
Our Issues of Concern:
With the mounting pressure of SICK CARE costs and resulting insurance premium increases the
legislative battles over reimbursement are intense. This creates challenge and opportunity for us. Copays often exceed the allowable charge for our services, osteopaths are reimbursed up to 100 percent more for spinal manipulation than we are under a different set of codes that describe the same services, prior authorization requirements that waste time, disrupt care, prevent best practice and best outcomes and ridiculous visit benefit limits. The evidence that we provide best practice, best outcomes, lowest cost and highest patient satisfaction is indisputable (but ignored).
If you have contributed recently and/or are a regular contributor to the WSCT, it is appreciated and
makes a difference. If you haven’t contributed, I urge you to do so today. Just click here to make
either a one-time or recurring donation. Or you can mail your donation to WSCT, PO Box 2163, Seattle, WA 98111.
Make a one-time contribution: $1000, $500, $250 or $100, or sign up for monthly credit card withdrawals of $100, $50 or $25 monthly.
— Dr. Dave Butters, President, Washington State Chiropractic Trust