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.