Session Recap: Direct Primary Care
BY JUSTIN OWEN
After helping stop a massive expansion of Medicaid in 2015, Beacon vowed to offer meaningful healthcare reforms to help those who would have otherwise been enrolled in the government program. Enter the 2016 legislative session, when Beacon offered up two key reforms to expand access to quality healthcare in our state: Direct Primary Care and certificate of need reform.
Direct Primary Care, or DPC, allows patients to enter into monthly agreements with their doctor for primary care services. As Lindsay Boyd noted in her testimony before the Health Committee, for as little as $30 a month, DPC patients can get practically unfettered access to their doctor by phone or email, obtain quarterly in-person checkups, and receive discounts on a myriad of additional services like X-rays and imaging.
We’re excited that the governor and lawmakers chose to preserve this practice by making it clear that physicians who practice the DPC model cannot be treated as insurance companies. This is a huge victory for healthcare freedom in our state. Watch our video below to learn more about how Direct Primary Care is already changing lives in Tennessee and will continue to do so with the passage of this new law.
You can watch our Direct Primary Care video here.