MADISON, Wisc. (Feb. 12, 2018) – Two Wisconsin bills that would help facilitate healthcare freedom outside of government insurance regulatory schemes have passed their respective committees.
Rep. Joe Sanfelippo (R-New Berlin), along with a bipartisan coalition of 32 cosponsors, introduced Assembly Bill 798 (AB798) on Dec. 28. A companion bill in the Senate (SB670) was introduced around the same time. 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 bills also include provisions defining direct primary care agreements and establishing modest requirements.
The Assembly Committee on Small Business Development approved an amended version of AB798 on Feb. 7 by a 9-4 vote. The Senate Committee on Public Benefits, Licensing and State-Federal Relations approved the SB670 3-2 on Feb. 1 with the same amendments.
Under the bills as introduced, the state Department of Health Services would have been required to set up a pilot program making direct primary care available for Medicaid recipients. Under the amended legislation, the department would be required to set up a study committee to explore …
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