Source: AAFP Advocacy Insider
During the Family Medicine Advocacy Summit (FMAS) in May, FMAS attendees lobbied on a number of issues including a new bipartisan bill that would require high deductible health insurance plans to include two primary care visits with no cost sharing.
The American Academy of Family Physicians-supported Primary Care Patient Protection Act of 2018 (HR 5858) was introduced May 17, and referred to the Committee on Ways and Means. To improve high deductible health plans, Representative Elise Stefanik (R-NY) touted the bill to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar during a House Education and Workforce Committee hearing.
Secretary Azar commented that while the administration has no formal stance on the proposal, he agrees that primary care is important and health insurance design should encourage more use of primary care. The AAFP is working to drive up the number of cosponsors to get the legislation moving.
Urge Congress to cosponsor HR 5858 by utilizing AAFP’s Speak Out.