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Protect Medicaid Patients

Contact Your Legislators Today

On April 1, the Washington State Healthcare Authority (HCA) plans to stop paying for all emergency department visits for Medicaid patients if HCA deems those visits “not medically necessary” in the ED setting. The HCA is pointing the finger squarely at Medicaid patients and distorting the issue to deny care to people with real emergencies.

Help protect Medicaid patients by asking your legislators to support an alternative plan proposed by the Washington Chapter of the American Academy of Emergency Physicians (WA/ACEP), Washington State Medical Association (WSMA), and Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA).

The physician-developed plan would save money by:

  • Reducing ED visits for narcotic-seeking behavior
  • Reducing ED “misuse” with next-day or same-day visits to primary care
  • Applying a voluntary “Generics First” initiative spearheaded by physicians

Tailor the template letter below to your experience and practice and email to your legislators. To find your legislators’ email addresses, go to and enter your information.

Please also consider using the attached Talking Points for Physicians to reach out to your local media via letters to the editor or interviews. The alternative plan is attached here as well as the press release. A online campaign is also ongoing and needs your support.

Thank you in advance for your prompt attention to this matter! If you have any questions, contact WA/ACEP at 206-956-3648 or