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POLICY: Maine May Consider Protecting Direct Primary Care Practices from Overregulation

By Jordan Finney |

JANUARY 17, 2017 – “My understanding is that there are two main difficulties around laws relating to direct primary care,” Brakey said. “One is at the federal level, and that includes some people having to simultaneously pay for an insurance plan and a direct primary care plan.”  Legally distinguishing Maine’s DPC practices from insurers would exempt those practices from ACA requirements for insurers, Brakey says.  “The second [difficulty] is at the state level,” Brakey said. “If direct primary care is considered insurance, then it’s required to follow all insurance regulations, including with respect to things like Obamacare. In Maine, if we clarify that it’s not insurance, then we can be exempt from some of those restrictions.”




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