NY Senate floats telehealth parity bill

A bill introduced in the New York state Senate seeks payment parity for telehealth services that would require commercial health plans to reimburse video visits at the same rates as they do for in-person services.

A previous law that went into effect Jan. 1 prohibited commercial payers from excluding coverage for service delivered via telehealth, but made no specific mention regarding payment parity for those services, according to The National Law Review.

Currently, 29 states and Washington, D.C., have telemedicine payment parity laws in place, according to the report.

More articles on telehealth:

Less than 1% of Medicare rural beneficiaries receive telehealth services, study finds 
5 answers to clinicians' common questions about telehealth 
States most often reimburse for live video telemedicine: This and 5 more key findings on telehealth parity 

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