New Mexico has become the seventeenth state to enact a law requiring private health insurance plans to provide coverage for telemedicine services to the same extent that the services would be covered if they were provided in-person.
The telemedicine legislation
, introduced earlier this year by Senator Gerald Ortiz y Pino (D-12) and Representative Stephen Easley (D-50,) received overwhelming bipartisan support in both the House and Senate. The law mandates coverage under private health insurance plans, and defines telemedicine as the use of real-time interactive audio, video, or other telecommunications technology, including store-and-forward-technology, by a health care provider to deliver health care services at a site other than the site where the patient is located.
Senator Ortiz y Pino is also a member of the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators (NHCSL) which passed a telemedicine resolution last year. ATA has been working with groups such as NHCSL to educate lawmakers and introduce model legislation for telehealth in statehouses around the country.
For a comprehensive review of all state-based telemedicine legislation, please see ATA's State Telemedicine Policy Matrix