February 13, 2017
(NaturalBlaze.com) A bill that would help facilitate healthcare freedom and set the stage to nullify Obamacare in practice in the state has passed an Alabama Senate committee.
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Sen. Arthur Orr (R-Decatur) introduced Senate Bill 94 (SB94) on Feb. 7. 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 would also provide that a physician or dentist offering, marketing, selling, or entering into physician or dentist agreements would not be required to obtain a license or certificate of authority from any state entity. SB94 sets certain requirement such agreements would have to meet.
The Senate Committee on Health and Human Services approved the measure by a 7-1 vote.
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 return agrees to provide a menu of routine services at no extra charge. Because no insurance company stands between patient and doctor, the hassles and…