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Bill backed by Arlington doctor aims to support primary care

Dr. Wayne Altman, family-care physician in Arlington, shared a recent statement addressing the high co-pays and deductibles currently required for a person to see their primary care physician. He, among other health-care providers and community members, is petitioning for a new law that would make primary care more accessible and affordable for residents. Please read his following message: 

FriedmanSenator Cindy F. Friedman (D-Arlington)

The current health-care system is failing many of us. We have a big idea and need your help.

It is difficult to find a primary-care physician (PCP) as many are retiring, working fewer hours, or are leaving the profession altogether. For those who can see a PCP, fees such as co-pays and high deductibles can make getting primary care unaffordable. 

A group of dedicated patients, healthcare providers and community members have been working on a new law which, if passed, will help solve these problems in Massachusetts. We call this proposed legislation Primary Care for You, or PC4You, which our state elected leaders refer to as S.750.

PC4You has been endorsed by these nine organizations.

PC4You will do the following:

  • No copays or deductibles when you go to your PCP so your Primary Care will be free!
  • Double investment in Primary Care in MA without increasing your insurance premiums, which will help your PCP support your health with some of the following:

    - More services right at your PCP's office, such as mental health and addiction care

    - Better access and more time spent with your primary care team  

    - More office hours (early mornings/evenings/weekends)  

    - More ways to get in touch with your PCP -- text, phone, video, or in person   

PC4You will pay for itself by lowering unneeded ER visits and hospital stays.

We cannot do this alone and need your voice to make this happen. It will take 5 minutes or less of your time.  

Please send one email to the two Massachusetts Chairs of the Joint Committee on Healthcare Financing (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. [in photo above] and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and urge them to ensure that S.750 moves forward so we can continue to improve and pass this new law.

Please see below for a sample script for your email. Adding your own personal story about your experiences with Primary Care will make your email considerably more powerful.

SUBJECT LINE: I support S.750 (Primary Care for You)

"Hi - my name is [NAME], and I am a resident of [CITY/TOWN]. I’m contacting you today to ask that S.750 - An Act relative to primary care for you - be reported favorably out of the Joint Committee on Healthcare Financing by the end of January 2024. [Personal Story demonstrating why this is important to you]

Feel free to choose a few sample talking points from here. Feel free to use our words or put them into your own words.

Your signature should include your complete name and street address If you’d like, you may also cc your own legislators.

 Thank you for your support,

Wayne Altman, MD, Founder of the MA Primary Care Alliance for Patients (MAPCAP)

The PC4You Steering Committee

P.S. If you would like to support continued efforts to pass this legislation you can list your information here >>  

This plea was published Thursday, Jan. 11, 2024.

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