HARRISBURG, Pa. (Sept. 18, 2017) – Last week, a Pennsylvania House committee unanimously passed bill to help facilitate healthcare freedom outside of government regulatory schemes.
Rep. Matthew Baker (R-Wellsboro) introduced House Bill 1739 (HB1739) along with 12 co-sponsors on Aug. 24. The legislation specifies that direct primary care agreements (sometimes called medical retainer agreements) do not constitute insurance, thereby freeing doctors and patients from the onerous requirements and regulations under the state insurance code. The bill also stipulates that a primary care provider or an agent of a primary care provider is not required to obtain a certificate of authority or license under the Pennsylvania Insurance Code to market, sell, or offer to sell a direct primary care agreement.
HB1739 also includes provisions defining direct primary care agreements and establishing modest requirements. Similar pieces of legislation are being passed rapidly throughout the country as states look for solutions to rising costs and other problems related to Obamacare.
HB1739 passed the House Health Committee by a 16-0 vote on Sept. 13.
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