New audio-only telemedicine bill to expand telehealth beyond the pandemic

During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services relaxed some rules to expand access to telehealth, including through audio-only communication platforms. With the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, the public health emergency is expected to be brought to an end. As such, the emergency measures temporarily put in place will expire, leaving many patients in rural areas and lower-income households without access to telehealth services.

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