Advocacy

Front row: Bob Puett, Constance Huynh, Sarra Vashchenko
Back row: Dale Sanderson, Randall Kelly, Linda Dale, Lyn Storm, Lyle Larson, Kate White Tudor, Lou Koncz, Leanne Brink, Jennifer Winter, Marc Stewart, MD, Betty Stewart, Gabrielle Zecha

Ohio Academy of Physician Assistants AAPA Resolution for 2018 AAPA HOD
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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) revise rule to ease preceptors administrative burden.
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Congress passes legislation to allow PAs as Hospice Attending Physician
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Dear Physician Assistant Colleagues,

This is a call to action to all Physician Assistants and supporters in Washington State. During this year’s short legislative session, a bill is being discussed that would have negative ramifications on our profession and the healthcare community as a whole.

HB 2262/SB 6015: Concerning actions for wrongful injury or death.

This legislation focuses on economic compensation for financially dependent family members affected by wrongful death cases. The sensitive nature of this subject is without question: a delicate balance must be maintained when addressing the tragedy of wrongful death while also preserving justice.

As well-meaning as this bill may be, the repercussions it will have on our profession will be devastating. This legislation would change current Washington State law by adding ambiguous and vague language that would result in imbalanced and potentially exploitative actions being taken against local governments; uproot previously-enacted liability reforms that create stability to the medical malpractice insurance market; and grant damages retroactively without limit; among other potentially maleficent aftermath. HB 2262 essentially eliminates evidence-based legal precedence used to determine compensation in a just and equitable manner.

Implore your legislators to VOTE NO ON HB 2262/SB 6015!

Find your district and legislators here:

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Statement from Liability Reform Coalition

In Solidarity,
Constance D. Huynh, PA-C, MPH
WAPA President



2019 WAPA Lobby Day

February 5, 2019 (Tuesday)
Please save this date and plan to join your fellow PA colleagues for a day on the hill.
Talk with legislators about issues important to our profession and our patients.
Columbia Room, Legislative Building - 8:30 am start time
Olympia, Washington
 

WAPA Legislative Update, Summer 2017

A special summer legislative update

AAPA Infographics-August 2017

PAs Poised to Advance Profession

PAs Face New Obstacles in a Changing Market

SB 6445: Washington State Adds PAs to State's Mental Health Code

PAs in Washington State are celebrating Gov. Jay Inslee's recent signing of SB 6445 which adds PAs to 22 sections of the state's mental health code.
The bill's key changes include:

  • Adding PAs to the definitions of "mental health professional" and "developmental disabilities professional," 
  • Allowing PAs to be court appointed to examine and testify on behalf of certain mental health patients, 
  • Authorizing PAs to sign petitions for specified involuntary detentions,
  • Authorizing PAs to make determinations of incapacity, and 
  • Adding PAs throughout the Mental Health Advance Directive form.

SB 6445 becomes effective June 8, 2016. 

View photos of the signing.