Source: American Academy of Family Physicians’ Advocacy Insider
The House spent its last week before the August recess focused on a series of health care bills. Among the bills passed by the House was HR 6199, The Restoring Access to Medication Act, which would allow patients with Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) to access the direct primary care (DPC) model of care, provided that the DPC practice charges a monthly fee of no more than $150 per patient (or $300 for a family).
Under existing law, the Internal Revenue Service views DPC as a form of insurance and accordingly bars those with HSAs from contracting with a DPC practice. HR 6199 would also remove the requirement that patients with HSAs must receive a prescription to purchase over-the-counter products with HSA dollars. The bill passed by a vote of 277-142-which included 231 Republicans (all but one) and 46 Democrats.