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Show-Me State Direct Primary Care

January 11, 2018

In this episode of the Heartland Daily Podcast, research fellow Jesse Hathaway talks with Missouri state Rep. Steve Helms about how direct primary care and free-market principles can improve health care for patients.

Missouri state Rep. Steve Helms (R-East Springfield) joins research fellow Jesse Hathaway on the Heartland Daily Podcast. They talk about Helms’ new bill, House Bill 1588, which would allow health care providers and patients enrolled in Medicaid to enter into agreements for direct primary care (DPC).

Helms says his bill would define DPC services as being health care, instead of health insurance, freeing participating primary-care providers from the state’s insurance regulations.

DPC allows doctors to spend their time getting to know and treat patients, Helms says, instead of filling out insurance forms, Medicaid reimbursement codes, and other paperwork. Free-market principles have been removed from health care for so long, he says, and it’s time to try something new to help improve the quality of care for Missourians.

 
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Jesse Hathaway is a policy advisor for budget and tax issues at The Heartland Institute.
media@heartland.org @JesseinOH