Commonwealth Fund June 23, 2021
JoAnn Volk, Dania Palanker, Madeline O’Brien, Christina L. Goe


During the pandemic, 22 states changed laws or policies to promote access to telemedicine

In 2021, at least 30 states have weighed legislation to revise telemedicine coverage standards


  • Issue: To encourage greater use of telemedicine during the COVID-19 pandemic, states took action to enhance private insurance coverage of telemedicine. As temporary orders and voluntary insurer efforts end, policymakers are considering how best to regulate telemedicine post-pandemic.
  • Goal: To better understand the changing regulatory approach to telemedicine in response to COVID-19.
  • Methods: A review of state actions to expand individual and group health insurance coverage of telemedicine between March 2020 and March 15, 2021, and a scan of statutes existing prior to March 2020 in all 50 states...

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Topics: Digital Health, Govt Agencies, Health IT, Healthcare System, Patient / Consumer, Provider, Public Health, Regulations, States, Technology, Telehealth
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