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Colbeck patient-centered solution legislation moved out of committeeFree market alternative to Medicaid expansion moves to the full Senate
LANSING, Mich. - The Senate Government Operations Committee 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 Colbeck's 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 Colbeck's 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:
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536
(517) 373-7350 | SenPColbeck@senate.michigan.gov