Congress Mulls Proposal To Boost Telehealth Coverage In MA Plans
Congress Mulls Proposal to Boost Telehealth Coverage in MA Plans
By Eric Wicklund
September 12, 2017 – The latest telehealth bill surfacing in Washington DC targets Medicare Advantage plans.
H.R. 3727, introduced on Sept. 11 by US Reps. Diane Black (R-Tenn.), Mike Thompson (D-Calif.), Doris Matsui (D-Calif..) and Susan Brooks (R-Ind.), would enable MA plans to reimburse for telehealth services at comparable rates to in-person services beginning in 2020.
MA plans, also called Part C plans, are offered by private payers approved by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. These plans currently offer telehealth as a supplemental benefit, with members electing to pay with higher premiums, additional co-pays or through plan rebates.