PHYSI­CIANS

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Dr. Brian Seppi has been elected pres­i­dent of the Wash­ing­ton State Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion.

Seppi, 51, an in­ter­nal medicine physi­cian who prac­tices in Spokane and is part of not-for-profit Prov­i­dence Health & Ser­vices, said in a re­lease his main pri­or­i­ties over the next year will be ad­dress­ing physi­cian short­ages, and fund­ing med­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion and be­hav­ioral health. He re­placed Dr. Dale Reis­ner,

a ma­ter­nal-fe­tal medicine physi­cian who will stay in­volved with the as­so­ci­a­tion as a com­mit­tee chair­man.

Wash­ing­ton state saw an in­flux of low­in­come peo­ple en­roll in Med­i­caid in the past year, as part of the pro­gram’s ex­pan­sion un­der the Af­ford­able Care Act. About 300,000 state res­i­dents gained Med­i­caid cov­er­age. But now of­fi­cials are look­ing to see if there are enough pri­mary-care doc­tors in the state to han­dle the in­creased pa­tient vol­ume.

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