MADISON, Wisc. (Dec. 27, 2017) – A bill filed in the Madison Senate would help facilitate healthcare freedom outside of government insurance regulatory schemes.
A bipartisan coalition of 32 senators and representatives introduced Senate Bill 670 (SB670) on Dec. 21. 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.
SB670 also includes provisions defining direct primary care agreements and establishing modest requirements.
The bill goes a step further than direct primary care legislation passed in other states. SB670 would require the state Department of Health Services to set up a pilot program for direct primary care for Medicaid recipients.
Rep. Joe Sanfelippo (R-New Berlin) chairs the Assembly Health Committee and signed on as a sponsor. He told the State Journal the legislation would help patients facing massive deductible get affordable primary care and would free doctors from reams of paperwork.
“It cuts out any government bureaucracy, or an insurance company, from being in the middle of that relationship.”
The Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians has already announced support for the bill. “It allows …
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