Skip to comments.Michigan Alternative to Obamacare Details ( Sen. Pat Colbeck )
Posted on 07/30/2013 5:54:32 PM PDT by taildragger
Please check out the details of this HSA meets Concierge Service State Based Proposal as an Alternative to Obama's Exchanges..
Courtesy of Rattle With Us Tea Party in Plymouth Michigan...
I don't know how to show the sheets of the PDF files on a post for easy reading..
Folks this is worth looking into...
I tweeted it to Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and others as something worth looking into.
What do you think of it?
"For Immediate Release July 31, 2013
Colbeck patient-centered solution legislation moved out of committe
Free market alternative to Medicaid expansion moves to the full Senate
LANSING, Mich. The Senate Government Operations Committee today voted to send legislation that would create a free market alternative to Medicaid expansion to the full Senate for consideration by the Chamber. Senate Bills 459 and 460, introduced by Sen. Patrick Colbeck (R-Canton) and known as the Patient-Centered Care Act, would enact a patient-centered healthcare plan that expands access to quality care without expanding government.
SB 459 provides the regulatory infrastructure that would enable a low cost, high quality care, free market environment within the confines of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). SB 460 would convert current Medicaid enrollees to low cost, high quality Qualified Health Plans featuring Direct Primary Care Services and High Deductible Health Plans wrapped within a Health Savings Account. The net impact of both of these bills will be to lower healthcare costs for everyone in the state while promoting better quality of care.
Testifying alongside Senator Colbeck in support of the legislation were Avik Roy, Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, Tom Valenti, President and COO of BlueSky Health and Kenneth A. Fisher, M.D., Docs4PatientCare, MI Chapter President.
Roy pointed out that Medicaid already consumes 45% of spending in Michigan. As Medicaid continues to expand, it will drive up that percentage of the state budget and crowd out funding for all other priorities, including education.
Senator Colbecks plan would improve Medicaid patients access to physicians, improve their health, provide protection from economic catastrophe while helping to control inflated health care costs, and save the state significant resources, said Fisher.
Myself and BlueSky Health support Senator Colbecks efforts and Senate bills 459 and 460. This offers a true reform for the citizens of Michigan, said Valenti.
The Patient-Centered Care Act would:
Make quality of patient care for all citizens the first priority
Expand access to quality care without expanding government assistance
Convert existing Medicaid population to commercial insurance featuring Direct Primary Care Services plus High-Deductible Health Plans within a Health Savings Account
Return healthcare decision-making to doctors and patients
Return insurance to risk management not benefit management
Limit government role to determination of government assistance eligibility
Protect patient health information from government
Make it more affordable for employers to purchase healthcare for their employees
Mitigate the reduction in employees hours due to the ramifications of the ACA
Use our free market healthcare system to accelerate the growth of our economy
The Patient-Centered Care Act provides us with an opportunity to reinvent Michigan and create a healthcare system that is a model for the rest of the nation. We need to go beyond simply keeping up with the other states falling in line to implement Obamacare without significant innovation. We can create a healthcare system in Michigan that goes beyond taking care of segments of our society to easing the burdens of everyone in our society. Creating a healthcare system that helps all of Michigans residents is truly Pure Michigan. Colbeck concluded.
Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville.
Senate Bill 459: Alternative to federal health care law Medicaid expansion
Introduced by Sen. Patrick Colbeck (R) on July 31, 2013, to revise state insurance regulations to facilitate direct primary care arrangements, potentially as an alternative to mandated conventional insurance under the federal health care law. The bill would also authorize the use of private health insurance exchanges as an alternative to the government version of these entities, which are the vehicle by which the federal law administers and distributes insurance subsidies to individuals. (Note: The Federal government has reportedly agreed to use the private eHealthInsurance.com company to perform this role by giving it access to the federal exchange data hub.)
Direct primary care is a “new-old” health care delivery model that uses contracts between individuals and a physician in which routine and preventative health care services are delivered for a low monthly fee payment. This reportedly saves money because it eliminates the costly administration of reimbursements from conventional third-party insurance companies.
Senate Bill 460 would convert the Medicaid health welfare program into a system that combines direct primary care services, a high-deductible insurance plan, and gap insurance or deductible support subsidies to cover the high deductibles for low income persons. Both bills were reported from committee at the same time as a Senate version of House Bill 4714 authorizing the expansion, so they can be available for consideration by the full Senate instead of the expansion.
Senate Bill 460: Alternative to federal health care law Medicaid expansion
Introduced by Sen. Patrick Colbeck (R) on July 31, 2013, to convert the Medicaid health welfare program into a system that combines a “direct primary care services” model (see Senate Bill 459), a high-deductible insurance plan, and gap insurance or deductible support subsidies to cover the high deductibles for low income persons.
House Bill 4714: Accept federal health care law Medicaid expansion
Reported in the Senate on July 31, 2013, the Senate “work group” version of the bill. This would require the federal government to approve a program of health savings accounts, modest cost-sharing, and healthy behavior incentives for Medicaid recipients before the expansion could proceed. (State Medicaid officials testified in committee this waiver would probably be granted before the expansions Jan. 1, 2014 starting date.) Recipients would be enrolled in HMO-like managed care plans provided by hospitals that are granted state contracts for this.
The bill would also require the state to request federal permission to limit individuals covered by the expansion to 48 months on the program, and would supposedly terminate the benefits of some 400,000 individuals expected to be enrolled, and around $3 billion worth of federally-funded managed care contracts with hospitals, if permission was not granted by 2016.
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I’ve been an original member with the Rattle With Us Tea Party since its inception - as tea parties go they are really good and may be the best in the state.
Would encourage anyone who is living around Colbecks’ district to join, or contribute in some small way.
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We need to get our US representatives talking and working with our state representatives.