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Government Relations


Advocacy is crucial to ensuring that the concerns of our members and their patients are heard by lawmakers at both the state and national level. That's why the Government Relations program at Physicians Insurance works in close cooperation with many other organizations that pursue similar goals, and our staff have become trusted and valued sources of information and ideas for legislators, regulators, and others concerned about our issues. 

As a result, we are frequently asked to serve on task forces to develop new laws and regulations and to serve on the boards of local and national organizations and coalitions. For instance, our in-house lobbyist Anne Bryant serves as the Chair of the Government Relations Committee for the Physician Insurers Association of America (PIAA). We are established as a leading advocate for laws that impact health care liability, insurance, and patient safety. In addition, we work to promote civil justice issues from a defense perspective.

As we keep abreast of issues facing our region, our strong advocacy continues nationally and in states in which we provide coverage. We focus on work such as supporting the Good Samaritan Health Professionals Act, the Affordable Care Act’s provision that no new standard of care for medical liability claims is created by the ACA, and working closely with state medical associations and specialty societies in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. 

We also recognize the importance of bipartisan support of candidates open to reasonable laws in our areas of emphasis: health care liability reform, insurance, and patient safety. We support efforts to recruit intelligent and concerned legislative and judicial candidates with a balanced and fair approach, who are able and willing to look at all sides of these issues.
 
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For more information or questions, please contact Anne E. Bryant, Senior Director of Government Relations, at (206) 343-7300 or govrelations@phyins.com.

"There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long range risks of comfortable inaction."

-- John F. Kennedy


Relevant Links

Website Alaska State Legislature
Website Health Coalition on Liability and Access
Website Idaho Legislature
Website Liability Reform Coalition (Washington State)
Website Oregon Legislature
Website Oregon Liability Reform Coalition
Website Physician Insurers Association of America
Website Washington Legislature Bill Information



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