2019 has been a big year for Remedy Health. It's also been a big year for direct primary care (DPC). Here are some highlights from this past year.
On June 24, 2019, President Trump signed an Executive Order that, among other things, provides that DPC memberships are to be made an "eligible medical expense under section 213(d) of title 26, United States Code." This means that DPC memberships can be paid using HSA and/or FSA funds, extending the tax benefits of those accounts to DPC patients. (See Section 6 of the EO for the DPC-relevant part.)
Highlights the Primary Care Enhancement Act, currently making its way through Congress. The Act makes a simple change to the tax code to allow any employer to offer direct primary care to their workforce. This is a bipartisan bill in furtherance of June's Executive Order.
American Academy of Family Physicians
The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) has been supportive of DPC growth, both as a way to provide improved patient care, and as a potential way to draw more physicians back to practicing primary care. For more from the AAFP on direct primary care, check out these links:
And for an interesting discussion about several timely healthcare issues, including DPC, read this:
The Washington Post
Highlights the increased physician-facetime and decreased cost patients can experience with direct primary care.
The Heartland Institute
Encourages states to define DPC so that it does not fall under the same licensing and regulatory restrictions as health insurance. (Oklahoma already does this, see Oklahoma Statutes Title 36 Section 4604.)
Both discuss the potential benefits to employers and employees when DPC is added as a component to employee health benefits.
These are just some of the items from national sources. There are dozens of articles, blogs, and other items from state and local sources, many highlighting the benefits individuals, businesses, and even cities and counties are receiving by incorporating DPC memberships into their healthcare benefits.
If you want to learn more about Remedy Health Direct Primary Care, and how we provide affordable, accessible, and more personal primary care, email us at [email protected], or give us a call at 918.884.7699.