States introduce long-term telehealth legislation
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many states introduced or amended telehealth legislation on a temporary basis via waivers. Several states are now introducing legislation to allow telehealth on a more permanent basis.
According to Manatt's tracking, "Three states introduced legislation that would allow health care providers licensed, certified or registered in another state to provide services via telehealth to patients in state if specific criteria are met. One state has introduced a bill that specifically creates an allowance for out-of-state providers who deliver behavioral or mental health services. Three states introduced bills that would enable providers licensed in the state in which their patients are located to deliver telehealth services without being physically present in the state. Two states introduced bills that would require the creation of a commission or regulatory system to support and guide state actions related to out-of-state providers delivering care via telehealth."