SB 6270, “An act relating to health care professionals not being required to participate in any public or private third-party reimbursement program,” is gaining significant attention in Olympia as of late. Introduced by Sen. Randi Becker (R-Eatonville), this “Right to Contract” bill clarifies the Uniform Disciplinary Act (UDA) by explicitly stating that health care professionals cannot be required to participate in a public or private third-party reimbursement program as a condition of licensure.
The Washington State Medical Association had this to say:
The bill specifies that health care professionals may not be required to participate in third-party reimbursement programs (private and public) as a condition of licensure. This law will ensure that physicians maintain individual choice over which third parties they wish to contract. SB 6270 will establish Washington as a positive environment for physicians to practice, making it easier to retain and attract physicians to the state.
We will certainly be keeping our eye on this one.
UPDATE: The Senate Health and Long Term Care Committee has voted to pass SB 6270 to the Rules Committee. Sens. Keiser (D), Becker (R), Frockt (D), Parlette (R), Pflug (R), and Pridemore (D) voted for the bill, while Sens. Conway (D) and Kline (D) voted against it.