Congress Grants Extension to Pandemic Telehealth Rules

  • Mar 18, 2022

    Congress has just temporarily extended several policies that have made telehealth more available since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic — but those extensions won’t last forever. Experts tell AIS Health that the contents and duration of the extensions don’t meet the needs of the various stakeholders — health insurers, plan sponsors and practitioners — who have pushed for a comprehensive telehealth reform bill that will make permanent the virtual care gains realized during the pandemic.

    Several temporary telehealth flexibilities made their way into a bill that will fund the government through the rest of the year, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2022, which was signed by President Joe Biden on Wednesday, March 16. According to JD Supra, those policies include:

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  • Peter Johnson

    Peter has worked as a journalist since 2011 and has covered health care since 2020. At AIS Health, Peter covers trends in finance, business and policy that affect the health insurance and pharma sectors. For Health Plan Weekly, he covers all aspects of the U.S. health insurance sector, including employer-sponsored insurance, Medicaid managed care, Medicare Advantage and the Affordable Care Act individual marketplaces. In Radar on Drug Benefits, Peter covers the operations of (and conflicts between) pharmacy benefit managers and pharmaceutical manufacturers, with a particular focus on pricing dynamics and market access. Before joining AIS Health, Peter covered transportation, public safety and local government for various outlets in Seattle, his hometown and current place of residence. He graduated with a B.A. from Colby College.

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