Olympic Medical Center is a comprehensive health care provider serving the residents of Port Angeles, Sequim and surrounding communities. Inpatient services include a level-three trauma designated emergency department, surgical services, and labor and delivery. Outpatient services include cardiac care, cancer care, diagnostic imaging, physical therapy and rehabilitation, laboratory, orthopaedics, surgical services, sleep center, home health, primary care, a walk-in clinic and specialty physician clinics.
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Legislative Advocacy

Current Federal Issues 

OMC's Federal Policy Priorities:

  • Stop site neutral payment recommendations. These recommendations would cut Olympic Medical Center Medicare payments by more than 5%, or $3 million annually. Please click here for information on site neutral payment recommendations.
  • Stop further Medicare reimbursement reductions in order to protect local services that are needed by the more than 16,000 Medicare enrollees in Clallam County. Please click here for information on other potential Medicare cuts
  • Fix the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) without cutting safety net hospitals. Protect Medicare reimbursement for physician services so that access to needed health care is maintained. We already have a physician shortage in Clallam County – further reductions will make the situation worse.
  • Support Sole Community Hospitals. Rural Sole Community Hospitals are too big to be considered a Critical Access Hospital. Sole Community Hospitals are treated like large urban hospitals, yet see a rural payer mix; in essence serving the most vulnerable population. Sole Community Hospitals such as OMC act as safety net for the rural population, making available much needed health care services. 
  • Preserve the 340 B Drug Pricing Program. For more than 20 years, Congress has provided relief from high prescription drug costs through the 340B Drug Pricing Program. The program requires participating pharmaceutical companies to sell covered outpatient drugs at a discount to eligible health care providers. Please click here for an infographic on the 340B Drug Pricing Program.

We encourage you to write your elected federal representatives to let them know your thoughts on adequate Medicare funding.

Current State Issues 

OMC's State Policy Priorities:

  • Stop hospital-based clinic cuts. OMC is working to ensure continued and adequate payment for hospital-based clinics. In communities like Port Angeles, hospital owned clinics are the main provider or primary and specialty care. Hospital-based clinic cuts to Medicaid reimbursement would drastically reduce payment to OMC hospital clinics that provide needed primary and specialty care physician services. Hospital0-based clinic cuts would result in an annual reimbursement cut of $800,000 annually to OMC. Please click here for an issue brief from the Washington State Hospital Association
  • Support pre-pack medication bill (HB-1402 and SB-5460). Clallam County does not have a 24-hour pharmacy. Pre-pack medications allow patients to be given certain medications when they are in the emergency department after hours. This bill will allow OMC to continue this practice to best serve our patients needs. Please click here for an issue brief on the pre-pack medication bill.
  • Support Telemedicine bill (HB-1403 and SB-5175). OMC is advocating for telemedicine legislation to guarantee that if an insurer covers a clinical service on an in-person basis, they will also cover the same service if it is provided using video technology. Please click here for an issue brief on the telemedicine bill

Call to Action

Stop Further Cuts to Medicare!

Olympic Medical Center is reaching out to our federal legislators asking them to stop policy and legislation that leads to further cuts in Medicare reimbursement for rural hospitals.  

Please help us advocate for adequate Medicare reimbursement.

Please act now and urge Senator Maria Cantwell, Senator Patty Murray and Congressman Derek Kilmer to stop further cuts. To submit your letter via their online contact forms, click one of the following:

Click here for a sample message. Please feel free to adjust as you desire, and cut and paste into the appropriate online contact form for submission.

Thank you for advocating for your local health care system!

How Can You Help Advocate?

Take an active role in helping to solve the health care crisis! Educate yourself about current issues facing the industry, and ask your state and federal representatives to ensure adequate funding for health care providers in Washington State.

Write to your legislators. Your letters count! Let your legislators know how you feel about health care decisions. After all, legislators rely on constituent input in order to be effective. Please visit our "Call to Action" section above (when applicable) to find template letters addressing current legislative concerns.

You can also click here to read the American Medical Association’s publication, “A Guide to Communicating with Members of Congress.”

Click here for contact information for federal representatives.

Click here for contact information for state representatives.

For more information on the work OMC is doing on Legislative Advocacy, email advocacy@olympicmedical.org.

Additional Advocacy Resources:

American Hospital Association's "Coalition to Protect America's Health Care".

American Medical Association's (AMA) "Patient Action Network".

Resources on this topic are also found at the AMA’s main website, www.ama-assn.org and at the Washington State Hospital Association’s (WSHA) website, www.wsha.org.

About Medicare

Medicare is the federal health insurance program, mostly covering people who are 65 or older.

Nearly 60% of Olympic Medical Center's patients are covered by Medicare. Currently, Medicare pays approximately 80% of the actual cost for providing health care for these patients, and further Medicare reimbursement reductions continue to be proposed.

Adequate Medicare reimbursement is critical to the future financial viability of Olympic Medical Center.

About Medicaid (Apple Health)

Medicaid is a health and long-term care coverage program that is jointly financed by Washington State and the federal government. Individuals between the ages of 19 and 65 (parents, and adults without dependent children) with incomes up to 138% of federal poverty level based on modified adjusted gross income are eligible for Medicaid (also known as Apple Health). Washington Apple Health continues to provide medical care for children in households with incomes up to 138% of federal poverty level.

Medicaid reimbursement is significantly below cost and Olympic Medical Center continues to advocate for adequate reimbursement from the program.

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