Let’s get this done! YES to H5191/S830: Protect Patient Access to Physicians of Their Choice

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Good News! Thanks to your help, the Rhode Island House of Representatives passed H5191 unanimously Tuesday, June 29.

MOC reform to cut red tape and protect Rhode Island patients’ access to doctors of their choice is getting closer than ever to passing. However, because the other side is working overtime to kill our momentum, we will need all hands on deck as the legislative session draws to a close.

As a reminder H5191, and its Senate companion S830, aim to implement two simple common-sense patient-friendly measures:

1) Prohibits insurance companies from discriminating against physicians based on their participation in MOC, and 2) Prohibits the State of Rhode Island from requiring MOC for physician licensure.

The events of the last year and a half make it even more clear why we must protect physicians from counterproductive requirements that do not benefit patients. Please help speak out in favor of S830!

Please send a short note to all Senators in the Rhode Island legislature asking them to support H5191/S830 and make sure it receives an affirmative vote!

For many email apps, clicking here will create a new email message to get your message on the way to RI Senators.

Be sure to add your name and city to the end of the messages. If you have time, please customize the testimony. It helps, when possible, to have the legislators hear from you in your own words about how MOC detracts from patient care.

If the links above do not work for you, please copy the below template text (for both Senate and House) into an email message and then send it to the addresses also copied below for the appropriate legislative body.


Template Message

Subject: Yes to H5191/S830 – Yes to Patient Choice

Dear Senators,

The House has passed H5191 (companion to S830) 70 to 0. Your colleagues in the other chamber made it unanimous because they understand it is more crucial than ever to make sure that patients have access to physicians of their choice. Now it is the Senate’s turn and I am asking you to vote to pass it as soon as possible. The bill is simple. It helps protect Rhode Island patients from requirements afflicting other states that increase revenue for corporate certification entities, raise costs to patients while reducing the availability of care, but do little to improve quality. In 2019 the Senate passed an even stronger version of this bill (S301) by a 37 to 1 bipartisan margin, but that bill did not make it across the finish line. Patients cannot afford to have the legislature delay this bill yet another year in order to appease special interests with deep pockets. Please approve H5191/S830 to protect patient access to medical care and also help control costs for patients and the state.

Thank you for your consideration of this urgent matter.

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