TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Jan. 26, 2018) – Yesterday, the Florida House overwhelmingly passed a bill that would help facilitate healthcare freedom outside of government regulatory schemes.
Rep. Daniel Burgess (R-Zephyrhills) prefiled House Bill 37 (HB37) on Aug. 23. 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 Florida Insurance Code to market, sell, or offer to sell a direct primary care agreement.
HB37 also includes provisions defining direct primary care agreements and establishing modest requirements.
The House passed HB37 Thursday by a 97-10 vote.
Similar legislation overwhelmingly passed the Florida House during the 2017 session, but it died in the Senate.
According to Michigan Capitol Confidential, by removing a third party payer from the equation, medical retainer agreements help both physicians and patients minimize costs. Jack Spencer writes:
“Under medical retainer agreements, patients make monthly payments to a physician who in
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