State Of Tennessee “Health Care Empowerment Act”
In 2016 the Tennessee state legislature signed into law the Health Care Empowerment Act which essentially protects the practice of Direct Primary Care (DPC), an approach that is gaining popularity among doctors in Tennessee and across the nation.
The reasoning behind the Health Care Empowerment Act was that doctor’s practicing as Direct Primary Care providers were in danger of being classified as insurance companies. By labeling them this way, they would be regulated by the Department of Commerce and Insurance.
Classifying DPC doctors as insurance companies would essentially eliminate their ability to continue to practice. The Act clarifies that direct care physicians are not insurance companies and cannot be treated as such.