Call Your Senator AGAIN about HB 2114
WA-ACEP concerns with HB 2114:
- The bill creates obvious incentives for carriers to “game the system” by driving down physician reimbursement. This could be accomplished by decreasing the rates they pay out-of-network physicians, and by discontinuing contracts that reimburse physicians more generously (thus driving down the median contracted rate over time).
- Insurance carriers would also be incentivized to contract with fewer physicians – further exacerbating the trend towards “narrow” insurance networks that include few physicians.
- The bill references the Washington State All-Payer Claims Database which is not yet fully operational.
Ask your Senator to oppose the bill.