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Telehealth Laws by State 2024

Telehealth Laws by State 2024

What Are the Top Benefits of Telehealth?

During the past few years with the COVID-19 pandemic, telehealth has become significantly more popular. There are several reasons why this has become a mainstay of the medical field.

First, it is much easier for people to stay protected from getting sick. Even though a lot of people are used to going to the doctor's office, many people do not want to expose themselves to other people in the waiting area. COVID-19 is not the only thing people are trying to protect themselves from, however, it made many people more aware of the dangers.

It is also important for privacy issues. People do not want to run into someone they know what the doctor's office if they are going to the doctor for a sensitive issue. Furthermore, it makes it easier for people who live in rural areas to access the care they need. They do not have to worry about driving for hours to see a doctor, and they might not have to take time off of work. At the same time, the laws related to telehealth coverage are still very much in flux. They can vary depending on the state and the payor.

Does Medicaid Cover Telehealth?

Medicaid is a federal program, but it is administered at the state level. Therefore, different states can have different regulations related to Medicare reimbursement. All states and the District of Columbia, reimburse for live video services as a part of the Medicaid Program. Furthermore, at least eleven states clearly stipulate that Medicaid provides coverage for telehealth services. Even if they do not cover the entirety of the cost, they still should provide some benefit for telehealth visits.

Laws for Private Payors and Telehealth

Right now, the District of Columbia and forty-three states have some sort of law in place regarding private insurers and telehealth. Typically, the law says that private insurance companies need to reimburse for telehealth visits in a manner that is commensurate with what they reimbursed for in-person visits. However, not all of these policies specifically require them to provide coverage. Many of these laws are still being written because telehealth is relatively new, so it can be difficult for people to figure out what is covered and what is not.

States Without Policies for Telehealth and Private Insurance?

There are a few states that do not have policies in place for private insurance and Telehealth. They include Alabama, Idaho, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. These states have policies in place for Medicaid coverage related to telehealth, but they do not have policies related to private insurance.

Because telehealth has become so popular, there is a lot of pressure for these states to write policies that include private insurance, Medicaid, and Telehealth; however, this is still something that is very much in flux. Furthermore, every health insurance policy is different. That is why people need to verify coverage before they arrive for their telehealth appointment.

Telehealth Laws by State 2024

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Telehealth Parity Law
AlabamaNo Parity Law
AlaskaService Parity
ArizonaPayment Parity and Service Parity
ArkansasService Parity
CaliforniaPayment Parity and Service Parity
ColoradoService Parity
ConnecticutPayment Parity and Service Parity
DelawarePayment Parity and Service Parity
District of ColumbiaPayment Parity and Service Parity
FloridaService Parity
GeorgiaPayment Parity and Service Parity
HawaiiPayment Parity and Service Parity
IdahoNo Parity Law
IllinoisPayment Parity and Service Parity
IndianaService Parity
IowaPayment Parity and Service Parity
KansasService Parity
KentuckyPayment Parity and Service Parity
LouisianaPayment Parity
MaineService Parity
MarylandPayment Parity and Service Parity
MassachusettsPayment Parity and Service Parity
MichiganService Parity
MinnesotaPayment Parity and Service Parity
MississippiService Parity
MissouriService Parity
MontanaService Parity
NebraskaPayment Parity and Service Parity
NevadaPayment Parity and Service Parity
New HampshireService Parity
New JerseyService Parity
New MexicoPayment Parity and Service Parity
New YorkPayment Parity and Service Parity
North CarolinaNo Parity Law
North DakotaService Parity
OhioService Parity
OklahomaPayment Parity and Service Parity
OregonPayment Parity and Service Parity
PennsylvaniaNo Parity Law
Rhode IslandPayment Parity and Service Parity
South CarolinaNo Parity Law
South DakotaService Parity
TennesseeService Parity
TexasService Parity
UtahPayment Parity and Service Parity
VermontPayment Parity and Service Parity
VirginiaPayment Parity and Service Parity
WashingtonPayment Parity and Service Parity
West VirginiaPayment Parity and Service Parity
WisconsinNo Parity Law
WyomingNo Parity Law
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