Caitlin Clement|1/26/2023|2 min read

Telehealth Policies Currently in Congress

Stay updated on virtual care policies and their status in congress

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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

Advanced Safe Testing at Residence Telehealth Act of 2023

Schweikert, David [Rep.-R-AZ-1]; Introduced 01/09/2023

Currently no official summary

Latest action:

  • 01/09/2023; Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Ways and Means, and Veterans' Affairs

Rural Telehealth Task Force Act

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.

Latest action:

  • 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.

Latest action: 

  • 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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