Legislation passed by the Senate Insurance Committee February 19 was passed in the Senate on March 2 by a vote of 44-0 and has been co-sponsored in the Oklahoma House. Senate Bill (SB) 560 is intended to protect patients’ and physicians’ rights to enter into direct-pay relationships, including direct primary care membership agreements.
This legislation allows employers to offer new, innovative health benefits to workers of all incomes that ensures employee access to a personal physician. When signed into law, this bill will ensure that direct primary care membership agreements are not treated as insurance products by state regulators.
SB 560 was introduced by Sen. Rob Standridge of Norman and is co-sponsored in the Oklahoma House by Rep. David Derby of Owasso. This bill ensures that “Oklahoma citizens maintain control over their own access to quality health care at lower costs,” said Sen. Rob Standridge.
“Widespread support is expected for this bill in the Oklahoma legislature, because it emphasizes individual responsibility for health care choices and payments, while it restores the patient-doctor relationship,” said Rep. David Derby.
SB 560 is supported by the Direct Primary Care Coalition, an organization of physicians across the U.S. promoting direct primary care as an innovative alternative payment model that protects patient choice and promotes restoration of the doctor-patient relationship.