Telehealth Policies Currently in Congress
Stay updated on virtual care policies and their status in congress
With how fast the telehealth and telemedicine industries are growing, it can be hard to keep up on all the latest developments in healthcare policies. Often, bigger corporations and unions will hire their own team of lobbyists to represent their concerns in government. But for those who are leading telehealth companies, it’s important to keep an up-to-date pulse on what policies are being introduced.
To make things easier on you, we’ve done the work and compiled a quick overview of what telehealth bills have been introduced or re-introduced in the 118th Congress so far, the issue they’re addressing and status. Here are the telehealth and virtual care bills that are currently in congress.
In the Senate
Currently, no telehealth bills have been introduced to the Senate.
In the House of Representatives
Schweikert, David [Rep.-R-AZ-1]; Introduced 01/09/2023
Currently no official summary
01/09/2023; Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, and Veterans' Affairs
Rosendale Sr., Matthew M. [Rep.-R-MT-2]; Introduced 01/09/2023
This bill establishes the Rural Telehealth Access Task Force to identify, evaluate and recommend ways to increase adoption of telehealth services and access to broadband internet in rural areas.
01/09/2023; Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means
H.R. 134 - To Amend title XVII of the Social Security Act to remove geographical requirements and expand originating sites for telehealth services
Sponsored by Rep. Buchanan, Vern [R-FL-16]; Introduced 1/9/2023
This bill permanently allows any site to serve as an originating site (i.e., the location of the beneficiary) for purposes of Medicare telehealth services, including a beneficiary's home.
It has been referred to the Committee and Energy and Commerce in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means.
This blog will be updated as more bills are introduced.
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