Officials: No-insurance physician payment practices could expand state health care access | Local News


MONTGOMERY — In the three years since Kimberly Samuel opened her health clinic in Decatur, she has seen 2,000 patients. Unlike most medical practices, Samuel doesn’t accept insurance.

Instead, her patients — or in some cases, their employers — pay a monthly fee for primary care visits in Samuel’s concierge-style practice, A Heartbeat Away. A scheduled visit typically lasts 45 minutes, and patients can reach her 24/7 by phone or text, she said.

Sen. Arthur Orr, R-Decatur, sees the need for more physicians willing to accept payment directly from patients and save them high insurance premiums.

In the legislative session that ended last month, lawmakers approved Orr’s Senate Bill 92, the Alabama Physicians and Dentists Direct Pay Act. It lays out…



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