New law aims to boost primary care in first state

Governor John Carney signs a primary care bill in Delaware.

The legislation implements a series of health care reforms to help strengthen primary care and improve its value.

It limits certain increases in hospital, ambulatory and other medical services to certain percentages.

It requires an insurance company to spend a certain percentage of its total cost on primary care.

The new law also directs the Health Care Commission to monitor compliance with value-based care delivery models and to develop and monitor compliance with alternative payment methods that promote value-based care.

State Sen. Brian Townsend (D-Newark) was the main sponsor of the bill. He says this clearly shows that the priority is keeping people healthy.

“And the way to do that is to invest more in primary care,” Townsend said. “Keep people healthy at the start rather than waiting for people to be unhealthy at the back, but I don’t know anywhere in the country where this happens by magic. Particularly in state like Delaware, we are small, we have a high concentration in the insurance industry, we have a high concentration in the hospital industry, and there are advantages to that, but one of the challenges that The result is that we don’t necessarily have some of the forces working for primary care in the way we should. “

State Representative David Bentz (D-Christiana) is one of the sponsors of the bill and says these reforms were necessary.

“We started with this vision of primary care that was struggling, practices were struggling, access to primary care was declining, and all of this was happening at a time when health care costs were rising,” said Bentz. . “Despite the fact that primary care is that point of access, that better value for every dollar spent on health care and that’s where we should be focusing a lot of our dollars.”

Townsend notes that there is a sunset clause that allows the General Assembly to review the law in 2027 to see if it works.

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