Please find recent COVID-related legislation below that the Alliance for Connected Care is tracking due to significant telehealth or remote patient monitoring provisions. 

Introduced Legislation - COVID-19 Telehealth Bills

March thru Present

Introduced LegislationBill NumberSponsorSupportSummaryCommittee of JurisdictionDate Introduced
S. 3792 - To require parity in the coverage of mental health and substance use disorder services provided to enrollees in private insurance plans, whether such services are provided in-person or through telehealth. (bill text not yet released)S. 3792Sen. Smith (D-MN)Bipartisan (1)S. 3792 would require parity in the coverage of mental health and substance use disorder services provided to enrollees in private insurance plans, whether such services are provided in-person or through telehealth.Senate HELPMay 21
Health Care at Home Act of 2020 H.R. 6644/S. 3741Rep. Schrier (D-WA)

Sen. Smith (D-MN)
House: Bipartisan (7)

Senate: Partisan (8)
The Health Care at Home Act of 2020 would require group health plans and health insurance issuers offering group or individual health insurance coverage to provide coverage for services furnished via telehealth if such services would be covered if furnished in-person during the COVID-19 emergency.House Energy & Commerce, Ways & Means, Education & Labor

Senate HELP
House version: April 28

Senate companion: May 14
Emergency COVID-19 Telehealth Response Act H.R. 6634Rep. Axne (D-IA)Partisan (0)The Emergency COVID-19 Telehealth Response Act would ensure that physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, audiologists, and clinical social workers can receive telehealth reimbursement rates from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) while providing necessary health services during COVID-19.House Energy & Commerce, Ways & MeansApril 28
Modernized Medicine Act H.R. 6538Rep. Kennedy (D-MA)Bipartisan (2)The Modernized Medicine Act would provide for a temporary increase in Federal financial participation under the Medicaid program to incent telehealth services. House Energy & CommerceApril 17
H.R. 6489 - To improve military family readinessH.R. 6489Rep. Thornberry (R-TX)Partisan (3)H.R. 6489 would improve military family readiness. Specifically, it would require the Secretary of Defense to submit a report which contains a plan to provide behavioral health treatment to members of the Armed Forces and covered beneficiaries using telehealth services and other technologies. House Armed ServicesApril 10
CARE for COVID-19 Act 2.0 H.R. 6486Rep. Ruiz (D-CA)Partisan (1)The CARE for COVID-19 Act 2.0 would require group health plans and health insurance issuers offering group or individual health insurance coverage to provide coverage without any cost sharing for medically necessary items and services including in-person or telehealth visits furnished to an individual who has or is presumed to have COVID-19. House Energy & Commerce, Ways & Means, Education & LaborApril 10
Healthcare Broadband Expansion During COVID-19 Act H.R. 6474/S. 3838Rep. Eshoo (D-CA)

Sen. Schatz (D-HI)
House: Bipartisan (25)

Senate: Bipartisan (7)
The Healthcare Broadband Expansion During COVID-19 Act would provide $2 billion to expand telehealth and high-quality internet connectivity at public and nonprofit healthcare facilities. House Energy & Commerce

Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation
House version: April 10

Senate companion: May 21
Take Responsibility for Workers and Families Act H.R. 6379Rep. Lowey (D-NY)Partisan (9)The Take Responsibility for Workers and Families Act would provide $258 million for the ReConnect program, $25 million for Distance Learning and Telemedicine, $200 million for the FCC, $330 million to HRSA to develop a telephonic and virtual care platform, $17.2 billion to support healthcare access for Veterans including among other things expanding telehealth and other appropriations. House Appropriations, Budget, Ways & MeansMarch 23
Telehealth Expansion Act (Became part of the CARES Act – Enacted March 27)S. 3539Sen. Daines (R-MT)Partisan (0)The Telehealth Expansion Act would amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exempt telehealth services from certain high deductible health plan rules during the public health emergency.Senate FinanceMarch 19
Advancing Connectivity during the Coronavirus to Ensure Support for Seniors (ACCESS) Act S. 3517
/ H.R. 6487
Sen. Klobuchar (D-MN), Rep. Schakowsky (D-IL) Bipartisan (2)The ACCESS Act would authorize an emergency supplemental appropriation of $50 million for the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Telehealth Resource Center to assist nursing facilities receiving funding through Medicare or Medicaid in expanding their use of telehealth services and require the Secretary to study ways to use telehealth in existing and newly designated nursing facilities, and establish an HHS grant program for facilities developing virtual visit platforms.Senate Finance

House Appropriations, Energy & Commerce, Ways & Means, Budget
March 18
Reducing Unnecessary Senior Hospitalizations (RUSH) Act of 2020 S. 3447
/ H.R. 6209
Sen. Thune (R-SD), Rep. Kuster (D-NH) Senate: Partisan (1)

House: Bipartisan (3)
The RUSH Act would facilitate greater use of telehealth in skilled nursing facilities. The legislation would establish a program to allow qualified group practices to furnish certain items and services at qualified skilled nursing facilities to individuals entitled to benefits under part A and enrolled under part B of the Medicare program to reduce unnecessary hospitalizations. Senate Finance

House Ways & Means, Energy & Commerce
March 11
Equal Access to Care Act (not yet introduced)TBASen. Cruz (R-TX)TBASen. Cruz (R-TX) announced that he intends to introduce the Equal Access to Care Act when Congress returns. It would allow licensed health care providers to use telemedicine to treat patients over the phone and online regardless of the state where the provider is licensed and where the patient is located.TBATBA

Passed Legislation - COVID-19 Telehealth Bills

March thru April, 2020
Passed LegislationBill NumberSummaryDate Signed Into Law
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act H.R. 748President Trump signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (H.R. 748), which provides economic stimulus for businesses and individuals, provides funding for health care and social service programs, and extends several major health care programs. On telehealth, the legislation removes the preexisting relationship limitation on the expansion of telehealth benefits in Medicare, expands telehealth options for people with HDHP/HSAs and a variety of other changes. Full telehealth provision list here.March 27
Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2020 H.R. 6074President Trump signed into law the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020 (H.R. 6074), a $8.3 billion emergency funding package – which among other things – waives originating site and geographic restrictions in Medicare but limited to providers who bill for patients they have seen in the last three years, and only applies for the public health emergency. March 6