March 10, 2015
To OPW Members
From Linda Medeski
Greetings OPW Members,
Your action is needed to move our Fairness in Contracting Insurance bill forward. (HB 1762).
Recap of the bill:
· Prohibit insurers from demanding discounts on services that they refuse to cover.
· Allow eye care providers to contract to serve the medical eye care needs of patients insured by a medical plan without being forced to work through an affiliated discount vision plan.
· Authorize eye care providers to choose suppliers, laboratories and other services that are not owned by a particular insurer or vision plan.
· Prohibit participating provider agreements of indefinite duration, and prohibit the changing of terms of the agreement without written consent.
This bill has passed the House 82-16!! If you are a key person to these legislators, please CALL and email. If you have a legislator in your district on this committee, they need to hear from you!! They represent all of us so they need to know we expect them to act on our behalf.
Now, we need you to contact your Senators immediately, in support of Rep. Riccelli's striking amendment, and to ask for a YES vote when it comes to the Senate floor. We need to emphasize that this striking amendment reflects numerous requested amendments from the insurance industry, and ask legislators to support this striker without further amendment.
Let’s show our legislators, again, how strong our grassroots has become.
Call/email right now requesting this bill get a YES vote on the floor!!
You can find your Senator’s email by clicking here: http://app.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/
In regards to HB1762, I am requesting your support of Rep. Riccelli's striking amendment, and to ask for your YES vote when it comes to the Senate floor. This striking amendment reflects numerous requested amendments from the insurance industry and I am requesting that you support this striker WITHOUT further amendment. We have worked with insurance companies to address their concerns and feel this bill reflects those concessions but provides a bill that allows for more transparent contracting between insurance companies and vision providers. I look forward to your support!
Linda Medeski, OD