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Some light after a year of darkness ~
& work left to be done

Upcoming Delegate Council Meetings


Will you join the KCMS Delegate Council virtually? 

Retired doctors - THAT INCLUDES YOU!

KCMS is assembling its 2021 Delegate Council, and we hope you will join us.
KCMS pursues its legislative efforts with the help of its dedicated lobbyist, James Paribello.
We welcome your input and participation. We’d like to hear your ideas about ways to improve the practice of medicine.

KCMS Delegate Council achieved much this year, a few examples:

- Telehealth Parity
- Covid vaccines, PPE & Telehealth Technology Distribution 
- Gun Violence Prevention Legislation
- AppleCare Postpartum Extension
- Harborview Hospital Levy Support
- Death Investigations and Coroner Reform
- Lead Poisoning Legislation & Education

The 2021 Delegate Council meetings  (you do not have to attend all):

Wednesday, June 23rd, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, July 21st, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug 18th, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept 15th, 6 p.m.

WSMA 2021 Annual Meeting, September 25th & 26th, 2021*

*If serving as a delegate, we ask for participation in at least part of the virtual WSMA meeting.

Salem Adisu at sadisu@kcmsociety.org
Connor Hinton at chinton@kcmsociety.org  with any questions or to indicate your interest.

2021 End of Session Report 

Please click the button below for a detailed summary of the past legislative session from our KCMS Lobbyist, James Paribello.

Full EOS Report

Primary Care Webinar

Why Can’t We Just Pay for The Kind of Primary Care We Say We Want?

Webinar on June 1, 2021, 10 to 11 am PDT

•Laura Kate Zaichkin, Dir. of Health Plan Performance and Strategy at SEIU 775 Benefits Group.
•Alex Rule, Western Region Vice President of Healthcare Strategy at Gallagher. 
•Brent Schlosstein, Principal at TRUEbenefits LLC, an Alera Group Company.

To register, email Adria Moskowitz at amoskowitz@wahealthalliance.org 

Sponsored jointly by:

Please welcome our new KCMS Employee, Connor Hinton

Connor Hinton, Program Manager

Based out of Bellevue, WA, Connor has continually found inspiration in bettering the local community through both advocacy and policy. His education and past professional work have inspired his desire to put this vision to work in the healthcare sector.

As a Senior at Gonzaga University, Connor is pursuing a degree in Political Science which will provide him with the tools necessary to find his voice in the field of policy development. Outside of school, Connor has continuously volunteered at the Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer, assisted in fundraising activities, and helped with background work to ensure grants are provided to researchers in search of a cancer cure.

As a new KCMS as Program Manager, Connor hopes to continue to help those in the community by assisting KCMS to fulfill its mission of, being a champion for King County doctors, in order to support and strengthen the physician-patient relationship and promote the health and welfare of King County residents.

Members on the Move



Mariebeth B. Velasquez, MD

Dr. Velasquez (she/her) is a first-generation US-born Filipina-American and was raised in Bremerton. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from UW and spent many years in research with a focus on harm reduction models for high-risk youth, suicide prevention, and schizophrenia prior to completing all of her medical training at the University of New Mexico. MB is board-certified in Family Medicine and currently works with the UW Neighborhood Clinics. As clinical faculty, she serves as the Faculty Advisor for the Queer Medical Student Association, recently started the UW Queer Mentorship Program, and works on Bias Reduction in Curricular Content at the UW School of Medicine. She is an active board member of Women in Medicine, part of the WA Medical-Legal Partnership Coalition, and can often be found baking, paddling, marimba-ing, or otherwise percussing to the beat of life!

Kate Grossman, MD,

Dr. Grossman is a psychiatrist in private practice in Seattle. She is a graduate of Harvard Medical School. She completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center and later retrained in Psychiatry at the University of Washington.  She provides medication management as well as psychodynamic psychotherapy. She is a Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

Penny Li, MD

Dr. Li is a primary care Internal Medicine physician and Clinical Instructor at the University of Washington. She grew up in Kirkland. Her interest in people and culture lead her to pursue a degree in Anthropology at the University of Washington. She completed her medical school in Portland, Oregon, and finished her internal medicine residency in Denver, Colorado. 
Dr. Li's clinical interests include geriatrics and women's health. In her free time, Dr. Li enjoys bouldering and trying new recipes. 

Blaise Carney, MD

My name is Blaise Carney and I am the current Chief Fellow of Education in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, Tennessee. My wife and I plan to move closer to family in Seattle in July of 2022. I was born and raised in South Seattle and am excited to return to the Pacific Northwest. I received my Bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of Washington and my Medical Doctorate from Ross University. I am beginning my final year of a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship at the University of Tennessee where I also completed my adult psychiatry residency. 

Are you a physician on the move?

Let us know what you are up to! We'd love to share your news.
Email Connor Hinton at: chinton@kcmsociety.org 
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