2 Virginia Healthcare Issues to Watch in 2016

Date: January 05, 2016 Last Edit: January 06, 2016

As the 2016 legislative session approaches on Jan. 13, NFIB/Virginia will be going to bat for small business owners on two healthcare policy priorities for this year.

As the 2016 legislative session approaches on Jan. 13, NFIB/Virginia will be going to bat for small business owners. Here are two healthcare policy priorities for this year:

1. Direct Primary Care

Direct primary care is a policy that would allow doctors to directly contract with employers to provide primary care services to their employees. With the combination of a major medical policy and a direct primary care contract, employers are able to satisfy the employer mandate under the Affordable Care Act while savings thousands of dollars per month and still providing cost-effective healthcare to employees and their families. NFIB is fighting for this at the state level as well as with a national coalition. To learn more, visit http://www.dpcare.org/.

2. Repeal of Certificate of Need

Under Virginia’s Certificate of Public Need regulation, hospitals and other healthcare providers must get state permission before opening up a facility or adding certain new equipment, such as MRIs and imaging facilities. This ultimately prevents competition and raises healthcare costs for consumers. NFIB/Virginia is pushing for repeal of this regulation.


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