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Penalty bill in Legislature now specifically targets self-insurers and TPAs
Yesterday, we alerted all self-insured certificate holders and TPA contacts that the latest form of SHB 2409, voted out of the Senate Labor Committee yesterday on a party-line vote, now focuses even more punitively on self-insurers and TPAs. The bill continues to hike self-insurer penalties up to $1,700 *per occurrence* of delayed benefits, continues to add a new "fair conduct" violation but now ties it only to self-insurers and their representatives, and requires licensing of all TPAs and certification of all claims handlers (in-state, out-of-state, self-administered, TPA-administered). 

WSIA, along with a growing list of allied organizations, is working hard to defeat this legislation or improve its worst elements. Many thanks to those in the WSIA community who have already gotten involved. Contact Kris Tefft for further information as action on this bill continues over the next week. 

WSIA issues in the news
Legislative issues we've been working on made it to the opinion pages of the state's largest west and east-side papers, as the Seattle Times opined Wednesday on the legislative debate over self-insurers' use of captive subsidiaries, while the Spokesman-Review carried an op-ed this morning co-authored by Dr. Craig Smith and Kris Tefft about the pending IME legislation. Take a look at both pieces! 

Annual Conference to open registration next week
Be on the lookout for our announcement next Tuesday or Wednesday that this year's Annual Conference, May 6-8 in the Tri-Cities, is open for registration! We're so excited to bring this year's program to you and especially can't wait for a little warm weather and Tri-Cities sunshine. Click here for some early information and otherwise stay tuned!

Don't confuse Annual with Spring -- two weeks to go
We're also gearing up for our one-day Spring Conference in two weeks in Bellevue, "Treatment 2020." We've got some great medical benefit information to share with attendees and depending how the 2020 legislative session wraps up the day before, the legislative update and IME panel discussion will contain essential information. Click here for details

Got Issues? March Liaison Committee meeting coming soon
ICYMI: The next meeting of WSIA's Liaison Committee, our bi-monthly opportunity to address issues with L&I's Self-Insurance management, is next Thursday, March 5th. If you've got claims or other sorts of issues you would like us to bring up and troubleshoot with the Department, please drop me a line
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