Where Is Your State with Telehealth Legislation?

ATAOn February 3rd, on an article entitled, Is Your State Moving Telemedicine Forward or Backward, the American Telemedicine Association released an update addressing state legislatures and telemedicine. The ATA has been a leader with influencing legislative change at the federal and states levels in the United States and abroad. Their current tally is that ten US states have introduced legislation related to clinical practice standards that will have bearing on telemedicine (and telehealth) in 2015.  Those states are: 

  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Connecticut
  • Montana
  • New Hampshire
  • New Mexico
  • Oklahoma
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia and
  • Wyoming

Six states also have bills that will require telehealth parity under private insurance:

  • Arkansas
  • Connecticut
  • Indiana
  • New Jersey
  • Rhode Island and
  • Washington

They also invite their readers to click here to check the status of bills in your state and use the legislative tracker to read the bill language. Click here to read ATA’s comments to the Iowa Medical Board’s telemedicine proposal.

If you are a member, then please join me in a live HUB discussion about the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) Compact in their members only-forum click here. If you are a member, you probably also tune into the ATA’s monthly state policy webinar at 1 p.m. EST to hear more about state activity.  For more information about ATA services to technology-minded professionals click here

Planning to Attend a Telehealth Conference This Year?

Consider joining me at the ATA’s annual meeting. Planned for May 2-5 in downtown Los Angeles, it will be held at the LA Convention Center , 1201 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90015, (213) 741-1151 by the STAPLES Center and Nokia Theatre. ATA hosts the world‘s largest scientific meeting and exposition focusing exclusively on telemedicine, telehealth and mHealth. The ATA Annual Meeting is the premier exhibiting venue for companies looking to promote their remote medical products and services to a dedicated group of professionals. The telemental health special interest group  (TMH SIG) at ATA is one of the largest in the world. I’ll be speaking on Sunday at the half-day event and then again with my colleagues, David Luxton PhD and Eve-Lynn Nelson, PhD during the week.

See details of the conference here. 

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6 comments on “Where Is Your State with Telehealth Legislation?

  1. I’m confused. You don’t list California on this post as one of the states that has parity legislation for telemedicine, but when I click on the link for your state-by-state breakdown, it lists California as having legislated parity coverage for telehealth. Can you explain?

    • You are right. California doers have parity. It was legislated in 2011. I will correct the omission and thank you for taking the time to drop me a note.

  2. Also, can you refer me which private health insurance carriers pay for telehealth, specifically telemental health provided by a licensed therapist?

    • Barbara,

      Thank you for your question. You may want to look at the webinar we just recorded on Monday for very detailed information about which insurers and other sources now exist for telemental health reimbursement for therapists: http://telehealth.org/webinar/reimbursement/
      The recording is available 24/7 and feedback has been very positive.

      Frankly, I doubt that you will find anything like it elsewhere in detail or quality – and we guarantee your satisfaction or we’ll refund 100% of your fee, no questions asked. It will answer questions that you didn’t realize you needed to ask.

  3. Marlene:

    It is my understanding that California allows telehealth coverage through Medicaid but not through private insurance, unlike some other states which do both. True or false?

    Thank you.
    Grace Valenti, LMFT

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