Federal Activity

March 24, 2021

ATA's Federal Telehealth Legislative Tracker

Federal Legislative Tracker


This chart tracks critical Federal telehealth legislation and outlines ATA’s Federal priorities in the 117th Congress.

The ATA and 16 other organizations signed a letter urging CMS to use its emergency authority to expand access to virtual diabetes prevention programs in the Medicare program.

March 23, 2021

Telehealth Safe Harbor on High Deductible Health Plans

ATA Informational Document


This document provides an overview of section 3701 of the CARES Act, which created a temporary safe harbor that allows HDHPs with a health savings account (HSA) to cover telehealth and remote care services. Further, the document outlines the importance of Congress permanently extending the HDHP & HSA telehealth safe harbor.

March 2, 2021

ATA Program Integrity Overview

ATA Program Integrity


The ATA sent an overview to Congressional staffers on program integrity which describes the advantages of telehealth, how “telefraud” is not telehealth, and the characteristics of legitimate telehealth providers.

The ATA sent a letter to Congress urging them to include permanent telehealth reforms and a number of targeted telehealth provisions in any subsequent COVID-19 relief legislation to ensure Americans do not lose access to care.

The ATA sent a letter to MedPAC in response to our meeting in December 2020 to provide additional information to help inform MedPAC’s policy recommendations to Congress.

December 31, 2020

ATA Federal Legislative Tracker for the End of the 116th Congress

ATA Federal Tracker 116th Congress


This chart tracked critical Federal telehealth legislation and outlined ATA’s Federal priorities at the end of the 116th Congress.

December 22, 2020

ATA's Response to RFI on Regulatory Relief to Support Economic Recovery

ATA Response to RFI Regulatory Relief to Support Economic Recovery


The ATA responds to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Request for Information (RFI) on Regulatory Relief to Support Economic Recovery.

The ATA responds to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Request for Information (RFI) on Leveraging Novel Technologies for Chronic Disease Management for Aging Underserved Populations.

December 22, 2020

ATA Letter to President-Elect Biden and the Transition Team

ATA Letter to President-Elect


The ATA wrote to President-Election Biden and his transition team to share the ATA’s core policy principles and to offer the ATA as a resource as they begin to consider telehealth policies.

The ATA helped to lead a letter urging leaders of Congress to include telehealth in the end of the year package and strongly support, in absence of permanent reform, an extension of the temporary telehealth flexibilities until the end of 2021.

In a November 2 letter American Telemedicine Association (ATA) CEO Ann Mond Johnson submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on how the agency can use its regulatory authority to expand access to and directly cover digital health technologies that are not traditionally covered by Medicare.

September 24, 2020

ATA's Comments on the 2021 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule

ATA's 2021 PFS Comments


In a September 24 letter American Telemedicine Association (ATA) CEO Ann Mond Johnson submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on the CY 2021 Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule strongly supporting increased access to telehealth services in the Medicare program, including for underserved populations.

August 26, 2020

ATA Recommendations for Permanent Telehealth Policy

Permanency Chart


The ATA published a chart outlining the telehealth flexibilities during COVID-19 and the ATA’s recommendations for permanent telehealth policy.

August 5, 2020

Letter of Endorsement for HR 7663

Protecting Access to Post-COVID-19 Telehealth Act of 2020


The ATA helped lead a letter thanking congressional House Telehealth Caucus members for their continued leadership. The letter, dated August 3, 2020, noted the broad telehealth industry support for recently introduced legislation, the Protecting Access to Post-COVID-19 Telehealth Act of 2020 (HR 7663).

April 30, 2020

ATA Letter to Congress on Coronavirus IV Legislation

COVID-19 Supplemental Appropriation


ATA submitted recommendations to Congress on measures to facilitate the use of telehealth and expand the use of virtual care by health care providers during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

April 6, 2020

COVID-19: Flexibilities and Guidance Needed to Expand Telehealth

COVID-19: ATA Recommendations to HHS & CMS


As follow up to the ATA’s March 13 recommendations, the ATA provided HHS and CMS with recommendations on additional actions that would further support health care providers seeking to provide telehealth services in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

March 20, 2020

ATA Letter to Congress on Coranavirus III Package

H.R.748 - CARES Act


ATA submitted recommendations to Congress on measures to facilitate the use of telehealth and expand the use of virtual care by health care providers during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

March 13, 2020

COVID-19: Federal Waivers, Flexibilities, and Guidance Needed to Expand Telehealth

ATA Recommendations to the Administration on the COVID-19 Response


ATA submitted recommendations to the Administration on actions that can immediately be taken to facilitate the use of telehealth and expand the use of virtual care by health care providers during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

March 11, 2020

Stakeholder Letter to Congress on Strengthening Telehealth for COVID-19

H.R.6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act


ATA, along with a number of health care stakeholders, submitted a follow up letter urging Congress to address barriers that were built into the telehealth waiver provision of the Coronavirus Supplemental Appropriation that are preventing health care providers from fully leveraging and scaling critical telehealth services needed to combat COVID-19.

ATA CEO Ann Mond Johnson submitted a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services urging them to leverage the telehealth waiver authority provided under H.R.6074, the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020. This waiver removes telehealth geographic site restrictions for Medicare beneficiaries, providing critical access to care for patients affected by COVID-19.

February 28, 2020

Telehealth Stakeholder Letter on COVID-19 Supplemental Appropriation

H.R.6074 - Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020


ATA, along with a number of health care stakeholders, submitted a letter urging Congress to expand access to telehealth services in the COVID-19 supplemental appropriation and provide the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) with the authority to waive existing Medicare restrictions on telehealth visits during a public health emergency.

December 17, 2019

ATA Response to Cures 2.0 Call to Action

"Cures 2.0" Legislative Framework


The ATA shared feedback with leaders in Congress as work begins on a framework for a “Cures 2.0” legislative package that would build and expand on reforms included in the 21st Century Cures Act, passed in December 2016.

ATA, along with a number of healthcare stakeholders, submitted a letter with comments on the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) implementation of a Special Registration provision for telemedicine under the Ryan Haight Act.

ATA commends the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation for seeking input on how to ensure legitimate access to controlled substances while also preventing diversion and abuse. This issue is very important to our members and we appreciate being able to provide feedback and recommendations.

April 1, 2019

ATA Response to CONNECT for Health Act RFI

Connect for Health Act


The ATA submitted recommendations to Congress for comprehensive telehealth reform and urged Congressional leaders to address barriers to telehealth in Medicare.

In response to the mandate from H.R. 6, the ATA convened a special member workgroup within its Telebehavioral Health Special Interest Group. The workgroup developed five recommendations for how a special registration process could be structured to enable the safe prescribing of certain controlled substances via telehealth.

October 23, 2018

RUSH Act

H.R. 6502


The ATA supports legislative efforts to expand access to telehealth services, which we believe will improve patient outcomes, patients and provider satisfaction, and lower costs to the healthcare system. The RUSH Act, introduced in the 115th Congress, represents one such effort by expanding access to emergency telehealth for Medicare patients in nursing homes with the goal of reducing unnecessary emergency room visits and hospitalizations.