Wilson Strategic Communications President, DJ Wilson, gave a talk on April 24th before the Washington State Society of Healthcare Attorneys (WSSHA).
DJ fielded questions from healthcare attorneys and law students on topics ranging from state-wide behavioral health integration to the status of the House and Senate budgets for the Washington Health Benefit Exchange.
His talk defined the four key thoughts held by legislators as of 2014:
- Medicaid’s administrative complexity drives sub-optimal health and health care costs.
- Regulatory activity from the ACA related to the commercial market will drive Medicaid, and vice versa.
- There is a need to learn from and implement the latest thinking related to non-healthcare impacts on health.
- The 2015-2017 budget is comparable to 2009-2011 recession budget in terms of difficulty.
Attorneys asked a host of questions about the state Exchange, including pondering how the Washington differs in leadership, funding stream, and legislative support from the now-defunct Cover Oregon.
The WSSHA Spring Health Law Conference takes place at the University of Washington (UW) Law School every year. This year’s event drew a group of roughly 120 attorneys and students of law. Participants included Washington Supreme Court Justice Mary Fairhurst and panelists from Luvera Law Firm, Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro, and Bennett Bigelow & Leedom, in addition to speakers from Harborview Medical Center and Seattle Children’s Hospital.