Senate Bill 199
149th General Assembly (2017 - 2018)
Out of Committee 5/9/18
The General Assembly has ended, the current status is the final status.
AN ACT TO AMEND TITLES 18, 29 AND 31 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO PRIMARY CARE SERVICES.
Despite the demonstrated value of primary care, access to primary care for Delawareans has become increasingly difficult as reimbursement dollars have failed to support an adequate infrastructure. The national average for primary care investment for a plan is between 6 and 8% of the total medical spend. Delaware’s average is between 3 and 4%. Some states such as Rhode Island and Oregon have recognized that market forces have prohibited any one plan in a competitive market to reallocate its spend and have stepped in legislatively to move the market to a 12% spend across insurance products. This legislation ensures adequate spending in primary care. First, by setting Medicare rates as a baseline for primary care reimbursement. This is a short term fix to stem additional primary care failure and consolidation in Delaware. It also requires that over a period of years that the overall spend of plans into primary care increase gradually to reach the 12% investment mark, but without increasing the total spend so that premiums rise as a result of this reallocation. This legislation extends to individual, group, State employee, and public assistance plans.
Takes effect upon being signed into law