Today, the Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF) issued the following statement on the U.S. House of Representatives’ passage of H.R. 3836, the Medicaid Primary Care Improvement Act, to clarify that state Medicaid programs have the authority to implement direct primary care (DPC) programs:

“Allowing states to utilize DPC in Medicaid empowers patients to access dedicated doctors, seek preventative care in a primary care setting, and avoid unnecessarily relying on costly hospital emergency rooms to be the only place they can get care,” said Tanner Aliff, Policy Director for TPPF’s Center on Health and Families. “With DPC, patients can spend more time with their doctor, improve health outcomes, and access care faster. I’m glad to see the U.S. House of Representatives pass this bipartisan bill to expand access to personalized health care, and I am grateful for Representative Crenshaw’s dedication to fighting for patients.”