HR 365 Replaced by HR 6317 Expanded Government Regulatory Control of DPC through YOUR HSAs
Official Statement from Docs 4 Patient Care Foundation:
We are pleased to report that we were successful in removing the critically flawed language that would have dramatically restricted and regulated independent DPC practice.
The issue of CPT coding has been eliminated.
This is still generally not a great bill, but it is no longer critically flawed. We are now in a better position and feel comfortable supporting it with the understanding that other important issues will be able to be addressed in the Senate.
Thanks to an incredible team of dedicated physicians and staff that were able to pull off this big accomplishment in such a short period of time!
President, Docs 4 Patient Care Foundation
Background: Direct Primary Care is the only major medical service offered by doctors you are forbidden to pay for with YOUR Health Savings Account (HSA) dollars.
The IRS in 2014 issued a lettter defining DPC as a health plan and disqualified from HSA dollars (like health insurance). HR 365 was a simple piece of legislation designed to fix the problem.
Without debate, the legislation was replaced with HR 6317 in the House Ways and Means Committee and passed out of committee.
OUR analysis finds the bill creates regulatory control that is precisely what DPC doctors seek to avoid, undermining the very freedoms that have made the practice model succeed.
This Bill will be hailed for finally allowing HSA dollars to be used for DPC. It is a Trojan horse bringing the worst of Obamacare to DPC.
This bill creates the regulatory foundation, price fixing, and centralized control that is at the heart of the problems in American health care.