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Gov. Ricketts Highlights Expanded Healthcare Access with the Direct Primary Care Agreement Act

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LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts and Senator Merv Riepe highlighted how the Direct Primary Care Agreement Act will expand access to healthcare.


“I applaud Senator Riepe for championing this legislation, which will expand access to healthcare in our state and make it easier for Nebraskans to establish a relationship with primary care doctors,” said Governor Ricketts.  “The Direct Primary Care Agreement Act provides Nebraskans with an innovative tool to navigate our healthcare system, which has become even more complex because of President Obama’s failed healthcare law.”


Governor Ricketts signed LB817, also known as the Director Primary Care Agreement Act, into law last week.  The legislation does the following:


·      Provides around-the-clock, instant access to doctors, who participate in direct primary care, from mobile phones.

·      Allows doctors to diagnose and prescribe medicine without an office visit.

·      Enhances medical care delivery process by strengthening the patient-doctor relationship.


“Thank you to Governor Ricketts for supporting my priority bill during the legislative process and signing it into law,” said Senator Merv Riepe.  “We understand Direct Primary Care is one incremental step in health care reform.  Hopefully, this action can prompt access, quality, and affordability as well as strengthen patient-practitioner relationships.”


The legislation will take effect later this year.