HB 769 Allows for direct primary health care services to be provided through a medical retainer agreement between the physician and patient
Sponsor: Onder
LR Number: 1440H.04T Fiscal Notes
Committee: Veterans' Affairs and Health
Last Action: 7/2/2015 - Signed by Governor Journal Page:
Title: HCS HB 769 Calendar Position:
Effective Date: August 28, 2015
House Handler: Frederick

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Current Bill Summary

HCS/HB 769 - This act defines a "medical retainer agreement" as a contract between a physician and a patient or such patient's legal representative in which the parties agree to the provision of specified services in exchange for an agreed-upon fee and period of time. Medical retainer agreements shall not be considered insurance and physicians entering into such agreements shall not be required to obtain a certificate of authenticity or a license to market, sell, or offer to sell a medical retainer agreement. Medical retainer agreements shall: (1) be in writing; (2) be signed by the parties; (3) allow either party to terminate the agreement on written notice to the other party; (4) describe the specific health care services to be included; (5) specify the fee; (6) specify the period of time under the agreement; and (7) prominently state in writing that the agreement is not insurance.

Fees under a medical retainer agreement may be paid from the patient's health savings account or reimbursed through a flexible spending arrangement or a health reimbursement arrangement. A patient's employer may make contributions into the patient's health savings account, flexible spending arrangement, or health reimbursement arrangement to cover any or all of the agreed-upon fees under the medical retainer agreement or pay the agreed-upon fees directly to the physician under the medical retainer agreement.

Finally, nothing in this act shall be construed as prohibiting, limiting, or otherwise restricting a physician in a collaborative practice arrangement from entering into a medical retainer agreement.

This act is substantially similar to SB 478 (2015).