Public Policy

One of ATA's driving missions is to educate government about telemedicine to improve public support for telehealth services. As the voice of telemedicine, ATA is recognized throughout the world as the primary authority about telemedicine and actively works with Congress, the administration as well as with other governmental bodies to eliminate barriers to the use of telemedicine.  

Below is a list of policy activities, organized by topic. You may also want to review, ATA's public policy wiki for continually updated information on a variety of telehealth policy issues. 


Public Policy News

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  • Tennessee Governor Signs Parity Law
    Apr 15, 2014
    Tennessee is the twenty-first state to enact a state-wide parity law for private insurance coverage of telehealth. After stalled attempts in the legislature last year, two telemedicine bills were reintroduced earlier this year and received overwhelming bi-partisan support.

  • Michigan Medicaid Updates Telemedicine Policy
    Nov 07, 2013
    Effective Oct. 1, 2013, distance limits between originating and distance-site telemedicine providers are no longer required under Michigan Medicaid fee-for-service.

  • ATA Applauds Bill to Support Patient Care Regardless of where Provider is Located
    Sep 12, 2013
    The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) applauds a new congressional bill to modernize the Medicare program which would allow Medicare patients to be cared for by a licensed provider from any state. The bipartisan TELE-MED Act, H.R. 3077, was introduced by Reps. Devin Nunes (R-CA 22) and Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ 6).

  • DC and New Jersey Bills Improve Telehealth Coverage
    Jul 26, 2013
    Washington, DC has passed a parity bill requiring private health insurers and Medicaid to cover healthcare services provided through telemedicine if the same services would be covered when delivered in-person. Meanwhile, State Assemblyman in New Jersey has introduced legislation to reimburse for telepsychiatry within Medicaid.

  • Kentucky and Missouri Expand Telemedicine Coverage
    Jul 11, 2013
    Kentucky has recently issued final rules expanding coverage of telehealth-provided service. Missouri has passed a state-wide parity law for private insurance coverage of telehealth.

ATA Federal Policy Priorities

Medicare & Medicaid


Medical Licensure

  • Petition
    ATA has created a separate website to gather support for a national medical licensure reform. Please sign the petition today to help improve the cross-state delivery of telehealth services. 

  • ATA Holds Congressional Briefing on State Licensure 
    January 2012
    ATA sponsored a briefing for Congress on issues related to the licensure and regulation of physicians in the United States. (Video available shortly.) 
  • ATA Policy on State Medical Licensure and Practice Requirements
    June 2011
    Current approaches to state-based licensing and regulation of health professionals are outdated and seriously harm the public and inhibit progress in the practice of 21st century medicine and patients. ATA encourages the federal government to take a strong leadership role in resolving this issue.

Federal Communications Commission

Food and Drug Administration