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Washington stakeholders discuss audio-only telemedicine rules

| Jul 12, 2021 | Washington

The Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) held a stakeholder meeting on new rules requiring health plans to reimburse for audio-only telemedicine services on July 12.  Stakeholders voiced concerns over language in ESHB 1196 -- particularly relating to what they felt could be restrictions on where services could...[ Read More ]

OIC to begin rulemaking for audio-only telemedicine services

| Jun 24, 2021 | Washington

The Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) on Wednesday released a notice of rulemaking to implement ESHB 1196, a bill passed this year requiring health plans to reimburse for audio-only telemedicine services. Beginning January 1, 2023, the audio-only reimbursement requirement applies to patients who already have an established...[ Read More ]

Q&A: Texas e-Health Alliance's Nora Belcher on the evolution of telemedicine

| Apr 5, 2021 | Texas

Nora Belcher is the executive director of the Texas e-Health Alliance. In a session with numerous telehealth-related bills, she has been busy at work advocating on behalf of bills that would expand telemedicine services for Texans. In this Q&A, Belcher tells State of Reform about the continually evolving area of...[ Read More ]

Texas legislators push to build on state's telemedicine progress

| Mar 23, 2021 | Texas

Sen. Dawn Buckingham is sponsoring SB 412 to expand on the Texas Legislature’s telehealth efforts last year by making current, temporary telehealth flexibility for Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) recipients permanent.     A practicing ophthalmologist, she said she was doubtful that telemedicine could be effective beyond a...[ Read More ]

Washington State House health bills that passed before the house of origin cutoff

| Mar 8, 2021 | Washington

The past two weeks have been busy ones in the Washington State Legislature. The cutoff for bills to move from their house of origin is on Tuesday, March 9th. Legislators spent the last two weeks in floor sessions from morning until night, and sometimes even on the weekends, working to...[ Read More ]

Q&A: Rep. Regina Cobb discusses House HHS Committee

| Feb 17, 2021 | Arizona

Representative Regina Cobb, DDS, has been a member of the Arizona House of Representatives since 2015. Alongside Rep. Leo Biasiucci, she represents House District 5, which encompasses Kingston and parts of Lake Havasu City. Prior to her work as a lawmaker, she sometimes found herself “on the other side of...[ Read More ]