Douglas County State Senator Merv Riepe plans to introduce a bill in the upcoming Legislative session that would enable direct contracting for primary health care in the state. Senator Riepe says Direct Primary Care would allow patients to pay a monthly fee similar to a utility bill.
Senator Riepe says, “They pay a monthly fee. Usually that is $40 to usually $100 a month. It gets back to the old doctor – patient relationship. They don’t have to fill out papers because there isn’t insurance on this but behind this there is a wrap-around policy, a catastrophic piece that meets the Affordable Health Care Act stipulation.”
Senator Riepe says his bill would not try to regulate this type of health care but try to cement in an opportunity for physicians to proceed without fear of being punished. DPC practices offer patients a full range of comprehensive primary services that include routine care, checkups and preventative care.