By Direct Primary Care Coalition
JUNE 14, 2014 – S.1031 was introduced in the Senate by Finance Committee Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-MN) of the House Ways and Means Committee, contains two provisions that amend the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) to facilitate the use of Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and other tax-preferred healthcare accounts with Direct Primary Care. Sec. 116 of the bill clarifies that Direct Primary Care practices are not insurance products or health plans. Sec. 203 would allow periodic payments to direct practice providers to be treated as qualified medical expenses under Sec.213 (d) of the IRC. This would allow for pre-tax treatment of fees paid to providers and allow patients with HSAs, HRAs and FSAs to use funds from these accounts to pay for primary care services.