Daily Archives: December 23, 2016

Call for Candidates

Would you like to join the Snohomish County Medical Society as a trustee? We are looking for member candidates to serve on the board of trustees for the upcoming year.

We have four, quarterly board meetings. Two are in person and two are via conference call.

The dates for 2017 are:
January 10, 2017 at Emory’s in Everett (6pm-8pm)
May 9, 2017: conference call (time TBD)
September 12, 2017: Emory’s in Everett (6pm -8pm)
December 12, 2017: conference call (time TBD)

If you are interested in serving, please contact the Snohomish County Medical Society.

Visit us online at: www.snohomishmedical.org


Snohomish County Medical Society – 2017 Membership Dues

Snohomish County members will receive an invoice from the Washington State Medical Society (WSMA) with an option to renew with Snohomish county while renewing your WSMA membership.

If you are not a WSMA member, SCMS will invoice you for your annual membership dues in March of 2017. If you would like to renew before March 2017, please contact the Snohomish County Medical Society at: 206-956-3624 or renew or join online.


National Election Results – For Physicians

Gerald Yorioka, MD, SCMS President

New Physician to Congress
While many physicians failed in their bids for Congress, including four in California, ,there was one successful challenger.. In Florida, Neal Dunn, MD (R), defeated three other candidates to win the open congressional seat in District 2.

In Louisiana, an interesting state with a great deal of physician activity, Charles Boustany, M.D., will be leaving his seat in Congress but will be in a top-two runoff later this year for the U.S. Senate. John Flemming, M.D. also left his seat in Congress to run for this same position, but did not make the cut.

In a close contest in Nevada Rep Joe Heck (R) lost 45% to 47% to Catherin Cortes Masto (D). In that race Tony Gumino, M.D. captured 1% of the vote as a write-in candidate.

Just across the Columbia River in Oregon, Governor Kate Brown was re-elected defeating Bud Pierce, M.D, forme state medical association president, who received a respectable 43% of the vote.

Ten Re-Elected Physician Representatives and Senators
And there were a few other healthcare winners last night — all of the current physician members of Congress who were seeking re-election. These included Sen. Rand Paul, MD (R-Ky.) and representatives Ralph Abraham, MD (R-La.), Ami Bera, MD (D-Calif.), Larry Bucshon, MD (R-Ind.), Michael Burgess, MD (R-Texas), Scott DesJarlais, MD (R-Tenn.), Andy Harris, MD (R-Md.), Tom Price, MD (R-Ga.), David “Phil” Roe, MD (R-Tenn.), and Raul Ruiz, MD (D-Calif.).

Of the total of 34 Senate and 435 House seats (total 469) it appears that there are 11 physicians elected or re-elected. That is just over 2%, which is better than the number of physicians in the general population. Visit the following more detailed information.

With the recent discussion of the value and future of the WSMA House of Delegates, the exposure and training for physicians to participate in the legislative process at any level needs to be appreciated. No one should question the value if our next governor comes from the ranks of the WSMA HOD.


Trump Surprise Resurfaces the Seven Point Plan

Gerald Yorioka, MD, SCMS President

Earlier this year the Trump Health Plan was released without much coverage. On Nov. 10 the Title XIX Advisory Committee for Washington State Medicaid funding met, as scheduled, and the questions began of what would things look like in the near future after “Repeal and Replace?”

The original Trump plan did not call for eliminating Medicaid, but the proposal was to transfer federal funding via a Block Grant. Presumably this will result in a more predictable and defined cost burden. Within a few days after the election, there is indication from the Trump leaders that the “pre-existing clause” and family coverage up to age 26 may be retained elements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). These are features of private insurance, not Medicaid. They are required of private plans that are subsidized by the ACA.

Another prominent feature of the Trump Plan is purchase of private insurance across state lines. It is possible that the free market could solve the pre-existing clause and age cutoff needs, as out-of-state plans that have those features could compete for selection without a coercive mandate.

The proposal to enhance medical savings accounts goes further to encourage family-based medical savings pools that encourages family assets to be pooled and passed on to the next generation for medical needs.

Medical insurance is not discarded or neglected under the Trump plan, as health insurance premiums become deductible to the individual, and is not weighted to the employer as it is now. This opens to door for more permanent personal health insurance that is portable from job to job.

The seven point plan fits on one page.