Kennedy Introduces Bills to Expand Access to Telehealth Services for Louisians – Press Releases
WASHINGTON – Senator John Kennedy (R-La.) Today introduced legislation that would improve Louisianans’ access to telehealth services. The set of bills would increase reimbursement levels for health professionals performing virtual visits, end regulations that limit access to telehealth services, and improve access to telehealth in rural areas.
“Telehealth services help patients in Louisiana who cannot always make it to the doctor. My legislation would support telehealth providers and the people they care for, especially when these Louisianans live in rural areas, ” Kennedy said.
Telehealth audio only for Ac emergencies
The Audio-Only Emergency Telehealth Act would allow physicians providing care during a public health emergency or major disaster declaration to receive the same allowance for audio-only telehealth visits as for appointments. you in person.
The text of the Audio-Only Emergency Telehealth Act is available here.
HSA Telehealth Act
The Telehealth Health Savings Account (HSA) law would allow employers to offer high deductible health plans that include telehealth services without limiting the ability of employees to use health savings accounts. Current IRS regulations prevent employees from making or receiving HSA contributions if they have a high-deductible health plan that waives the deductible for telehealth services. This means that employees with such high deductible health plans will often have to pay out of pocket for telehealth services.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act temporarily waived this regulation, and the Telehealth HSA Act would make this waiver permanent.
The text of the HSA Telehealth Act is available here.
EASE Behavioral Health Services Act
The Enhance Access to Support Essential (EASE) Behavioral Health Services Act would allow mental health professionals providing telehealth services through Medicare and Medicaid to be reimbursed at the same level as mental health professionals making in-person visits. This would allow patients to receive care in the comfort of their own homes and reduce the stigma associated with seeking mental health treatment.
The text of the EASE Behavioral Health Services Act is available here.
Rural Telehealth Access Increase Act
The Law on Increasing Access to Telehealth in Rural Areas would expand access to health care by improving remote patient monitoring technology for people living in rural areas. Remote patient monitoring is a form of telehealth that uses digital technologies and mobile medical devices to collect health data from patients at home and send it to their health care providers. This technology allows healthcare providers to continuously monitor patients with chronic health conditions.
Monitoring of rural patients relies on wired or wireless measuring devices such as blood pressure cuffs, biosensors and those that measure blood sugar. Some devices offer real-time video interactions between the patient and the healthcare provider. Rural patient monitoring relies on low-frequency technology, such as 2G cellular connectivity, giving rural Louisianans more reliable access to medical care.
The text of the Law to increase access to telehealth in rural areas is available here.