S.1989 - Primary Care Enhancement Act of 2015114th Congress (2015-2016)
|Sponsor:||Sen. Cassidy, Bill [R-LA] (Introduced 08/05/2015)|
|Committees:||Senate - Finance|
|Latest Action:||Senate - 08/05/2015 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance. (All Actions)|
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Summary: S.1989 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)All Information (Except Text)
Introduced in Senate (08/05/2015)
Primary Care Enhancement Act of 2015
This bill amends the Internal Revenue Code to: (1) permit an individual to pay primary care service arrangement costs from a health savings account; (2) allow an eligible taxpayer enrolled in a high-deductible health plan to take a tax deduction for cash paid into a health savings account, even if the taxpayer is simultaneously enrolled in a primary care service arrangement; and (3) for purposes of certain tax-deductible expenses for medical care, expand the definition of "medical care" to include periodic provider fees. A "primary care service arrangement" is an exchange of ongoing primary care services for a fixed periodic fee which is not billed to any third party on a fee-for-service basis.
The bill also amends title XI of the Social Security Act to require the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMI) to test a primary care medical home model for payment and service delivery. Under this type of model, qualified direct primary care medical home practices are reimbursed a periodic fee for serving Medicare enrollees. In selecting qualified direct primary care medical home practices to participate, CMI shall give priority to practices seeking to enroll dual-eligible individuals.
CMI must conduct the model for at least three years, but, if specified conditions are met, CMI shall expand the model on a nationwide basis and a participating practice may continue permanently.