Medicaid extends telehealth coverage in New York

The New York State Department of Health has extended telehealth coverage under Medicaid through Dec. 31, 2024.

The increased demand for telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in expanded coverage of these services. Prior to the COVID-19 public health emergency, only 25 types of Medicaid providers were eligible for telehealth services reimbursements. The expansion enabled all Medicaid providers within Medicaid facilities to be authorized for reimbursements.

However, the expansion ended in spring 2023 when the public health emergency ended. The health department is extending the coverage due to continued demand for telehealth services and expanded access to care.

Additional services have been added since the PHE, including virtual patient education and virtual check-in. Medicaid expects to add coverage of eConsults in the future as well, according to a July 31 press release from New York State Department of Health.

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