Five states have passed requirements for insurance coverage post-pandemic.

The Commonwealth Fund has released an issue brief on their analysis of state actions to improve health insurance coverage for virtual provider visits, both during the COVID-19 public health emergency, and once the emergency has lifted. They reviewed new laws, emergency orders, regulatory guidance, and other administration actions from March 2020 to March 2021 and found a total of 40 states taking steps to enhance coverage for telemedicine, with 18 states requiring coverage of audio-only visits. States also took action on payment parity and patient cost-sharing. In the time period of their study five states – Utah, Illinois, West Virginia, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire – took action to ensure coverage of virtual visits permanently or temporarily post-pandemic.

Read the issue brief.

Learn more about telehealth and palliative care in CAPC’s telehealth toolkit.

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