Our 2020 legislative agenda — and how you can help!


Dr. Dave Butters

Fall is right around the corner, then the holidays, then the New Year and then the 2020 legislative session.  This means that we are working hard to lay the groundwork to move our legislative agenda in the 2020 session of the Washington State Legislature.

Our 2020 agenda as approved by the Washington State Chiropractic Association Board of Directors includes:

Legislation:

  • Regulating Benefit Managers (ASHA, Tivity, eviCore, Optum)
  • Prior authorization (clarifying “episode of care”)
  • Medicaid inclusion of chiropractors

Policy:

  • Monitoring the implementation of SB 5380, passed during the 2019 session, which addresses prescription opioid misuse via prevention, education and treatment. There is huge opportunity here as its clear legislative intent is that patients be directed toward trials of non-drug treatment prior to opioid prescriptions being administered.
  • Tracking the details and service area requirements for a program in underserved communities that would make chiropractors eligible for student loan repayment.
  • Monitoring the progress of Cascade Care, the state’s new public option health plan and the state’s new Universal Health Plan Work Group. Making every effort to maintain access to chiropractic services consistent with statutory protections, such as Every Category of Provider.  So much to keep track of!

Insurance:

  • Continue to challenge unfair practices regarding chiropractic coverage and push for fair laws.

While many of us are still enjoying summer activities, the January 2020 legislative session will be here before we know it! I encourage all chiropractors to connect now with their state senators and representatives.  Those relationships will be important as we begin meeting with lawmakers to get support for our issues in 2020. Invite your legislators to coffee or lunch or take them on a tour of your office.  It’s all about educating them about what you do to provide health and wellness care in your community.

You can find the names and contact information of your legislators here: https://app.leg.wa.gov/districtfinder/.

We have numerous requests from legislators for campaign contributions.  To move our agenda successfully we must participate financially and at a grass roots level.  We can’t be successful without your contributions!

If you are a regular WSCT contributor, it is appreciated. If you haven’t donated, please do so now!  Click here to make either a one-time or recurring donation.  Or, if you prefer, fill out and return the enclosed contribution envelope. You can make a one-time contribution of $1,000, $500, $250, $100 or you can sign up for monthly credit card withdrawals.

Finally, here’s a reminder to place the WSCA’s Annual Fall Conference on your calendar.  It will be October 4-5 at Bellevue Marriott, and you can earn up to 25 CEs. Continuing education topics include:

  • Today’s Chiropractor on the Witness Stand: Presenting and Defending Treatment of Acute and Chronic Injuries, with featured speakers Richard Adler, JD and Dan Murphy, DC, DABCO
  • Current Evidence-Based Approach to Diagnosis, Triage, and Clinical Chiropractic Management of Common Lumbar Spine Conditions, with Anthony Lisi, DC
  • Establishing Trust with Patients through Professional Marketingby Siouxsie Jennett

Learn more and register at www.chirohealth.org/wsca19. Hope to see you there!

— Dr. Dave Butters, President
Washington State Chiropractic Trust