For next steps on telehealth, look to the states

Lawmakers in legislatures nationwide have introduced about 300 bills aimed at expanding access to telemedicine – but not every bill is equally helpful.

As the United States approaches its one-year anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic beginning to disrupt normal healthcare operations, a question continues to endure: What’s next for telehealth?

The answer remains unclear on a federal level, with U.S. lawmakers recently reintroducing legislation that would take at least a few steps toward safeguarding virtual care.

In the meantime, though, state legislatures have taken action – and experts say their movement in this regard is unprecedented.   “I’ve been doing this a long time, and I’ve never seen anything like this,” said Claudia Tucker, senior vice president of government affairs at Teladoc Health, during the third installment of the American Telemedicine Association’s EDGE policy conference on Tuesday.

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