Schaaf takes on state health care system

Posted by Dave Berry

Ray Scherer/St. Joseph News-Press, Mo. (MCT)

State Sen. Rob Schaaf, R-St. Joseph, is joining with a Missouri House colleague in a bid to change health care in the state.

Mr. Schaaf has introduced a bill in the Senate this session that he said would increase access to providers, insert competition in the market and allow consumers to know the cost of health care in advance by requiring price transparency. He said the legislation offers reforms to the private sector and to Medicaid by relying on market-based solutions to bring down costs.

The legislation addresses Medicaid reform with a pilot program that uses health savings accounts for qualifying recipients. The change would allow direct payment to providers and reduce the cost and bureaucracy of the current fee-for-service and managed care systems.

“This bill is vastly different from the Affordable Care Act,” Mr. Schaaf said, who is a practicing family physician. “The federal government erred by attempting to reform only the health insurance marketplace.”

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