Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06), Senior Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, today praised New Jersey's selection as one of seven markets to participate in the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Comprehensive Primary Care (CPC) initiative. Congressman Pallone urged CMS to include New Jersey in the program, which launches a partnership between CMS and New Jersey primary care practices to provide more Americans with quality health care at a lower cost.
The Comprehensive Primary Care initiative, an outgrowth of the Affordable Care Act, allows CMS to work through a public-private partnership to pay primary care practices and state, federal and corporate insurance plans an additional fee to provide quality primary care.
"Programs like the Comprehensive Primary Care initiative improve care, save costs and ultimately save lives," said Pallone. "Primary care is where people often receive initial diagnoses, checkups and preventative care, so it is critical that we improve access to affordable, quality primary care to keep New Jersey residents healthy."
In addition to New Jersey, seven other regions were selected to participate in this initiative including Arkansas, Colorado, Oregon, New York's Capital District-Hudson valley Region, Ohio's and Kentucky's Cincinnati-Dayton Region and greater Tulsa, Oklahoma. Approximately 75 primary care practices will be selected to participate in each market.
"This program is another success of the Affordable Care Act and I'm pleased to have been able to help bring this important initiative to New Jersey," said Pallone. Improving access and lowering costs to primary care through the Comprehensive Primary Care initiative will ensure that more people seek health care and make New Jersey healthier."