New N.Y. Law Requires Insurers To Reimburse for Telehealth Services

January 13, 2015 in News

A New York law (SB 7852) that went into effect on Jan. 1 requires insurers to reimburse certain providers for telehealth services, Healthcare IT News reports.

The action makes New York the 22nd state to require private insurers to reimburse for telehealth services, according to Healthcare IT News.

Specifically, the law mandates telehealth reimbursements for:

  • Dentists;
  • Physicians;
  • Physician’s assistants;
  • Psychologists; and
  • Social workers (McCann, Healthcare IT News, 1/9).

In a release, state Sen. Catharine Young (R), the bill’s sponsor, said, “Removing the financial burdens of travel, lost work time, and more by requiring private insurance and Medicaid to cover telemedicine will be a net positive for patients, doctors and taxpayers” (Bresnick, EHR Intelligence, 1/12).

More States Could Expand Telehealth Services

Meanwhile, several states are set to consider legislation this year that would expand telehealth services, Healthcare IT News reports.

For example, state lawmakers in Indiana, Iowa and Tennessee this month are expected to hold hearings on legislation that would expand telehealth services.

In addition, Missouri state Rep. Jay Barnes (R) has introduced two bills this year that would allow the state’s Medicaid program to reimburse remote occupational, physical and speech therapists for telehealth services (Healthcare IT News, 1/9).

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