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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. 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 in states in which we provide coverage. This includes working with the Oregon Patient Safety Commission, serving as a voice for Oregon physicians to the Oregon Liability Reform Coalition, meeting with the Oregon Medical Association, and closely working with state medical associations and specialty societies in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. Our goal is to promote better health care outcomes, satisfy quality standards established by CMS and others, and support Project Access programs so physicians can volunteer their services at free clinics.

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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Physicians-Report-Fall 2016.pdf Stay current with our "Gov't Affairs Update" in The Physicians Report magazine. The Fall 2016 update focuses on a Good Samaritan Liability Bill recently introduced in the US Senate. See page 26.

For more information or questions, please contact Anne E. Bryant, Senior Director of Government Relations, at (206) 343-7300 or

"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 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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