The Alliance for Connected Care led a letter urging House and Senate leaders to support the passage of the Telehealth Expansion Act of 2023 (H.R. 1843/S. 1001). This is legislation which the House Ways & Means Committee advanced on a bipartisan basis earlier this year.
The Telehealth Expansion Act of 2023 is a bipartisan, bicameral bill that would make permanent the pandemic-era policy that enabled employers to provide telehealth services on a pre-deductible basis to individuals with high-deductible health plans coupled with a health savings account (HDHP-HSA). The bill would ensure this critical telehealth flexibility continues for the more than 32 million Americans with these plans on a permanent basis beyond the current extension through December 31, 2024. This commonsense policy has helped ensure families could access vital telehealth services – including virtual primary care and behavioral health services – prior to having to meet their deductible. In fact, according to a survey by the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI), about 96 percent of employers adopted pre-deductible coverage for telehealth services as a result of this pandemic-era provision.
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170 organizations urged Senate leadership to support the Telehealth Expansion Act of 2023 (S. 1001/H.R. 1843). The Telehealth Expansion Act would allow #employers/health plans to provide covered #telehealth services to individuals with a high-deductible #health plan coupled with a health savings account (HDHP-HSA) before their deductible is met. The policy is currently set to expire December 31, 2024.
By the end of 2024, more than 32 million Americans with a high-deductible health plan coupled with a Health Savings Account (HDHP-HSA) will lose access to pre-deductible #telehealth services. 170 organizations urged Senate leadership to support the Telehealth Expansion Act of 2023 (S. 1001/H.R. 1843). Read the letter here: https://connectwithcare.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/10/October-2023-HDHP-Letter-Senate-FINAL-October-18-2023.pdf