Heaton: Direct primary care agreement options now available to Hoosiers

Posted by: Emily Gaylord  | Friday, July 21, 2017

STATEHOUSE (July 21, 2017) — Gov. Eric Holcomb recently ceremonially signed into law a bill sponsored by State Rep. Bob Heaton (R-Terre Haute) providing more health care coverage options for Hoosiers.

Heaton said the law provides more options to patients who are seeking direct primary care services without the involvement of insurance. Patients can enter into a subscription-based health care agreement with their primary care provider and receive services that are laid out in the contract for an agreed upon fee and period of time.

“The aim of this new law is to find a commonsense solution to lower health care costs for Hoosiers while streamlining the amount of paperwork providers are required to fill out,” Heaton said. “Now providers can spend more time with their patients and Hoosiers are empowered to create their own personalized health care strategy that works for their needs.”

Heaton said patients may still need additional health care coverage for major medical expenses, such as referrals to specialists and surgical procedures.

This law went into effect July 1.


State Rep. Bob Heaton (R- Terre Haute) represents House District 46,

which includes portions of Clay, Monroe, Owen and Vigo counties.

A high-resolution photo of Heaton can be found here.


PROVIDING HEALTHCARE OPTIONS: State Rep. Bob Heaton (R-Terre Haute) (standing, right) joins Gov. Eric Holcomb (seated, right) as he ceremonially signs legislation into law providing more healthcare coverage options for Hoosiers. The bill signing ceremony took place on Wednesday, July 12, 2017, at the Statehouse.