On November 1, the Alliance for Connected Care and nearly 50 stakeholder groups sent a letter to Congress urging lawmakers to make permanent the current regulatory flexibility that allows telehealth and remote care services to be treated as an excepted benefit for certain employees.
Including standalone telehealth as an excepted benefit will help ensure hardworking Americans can access high-quality, cost-effective care when and where they need it most, regardless of employment status. Without Congressional action, employers will be unable to offer basic virtual health services to millions of Americans in part-time and seasonal jobs or workers otherwise not participating in their employer’s full medical plan.
The COVID-19 pandemic has illustrated the immense benefits of telehealth and remote care services. American workers want these benefits, and employers want to provide them. With temporary flexibilities that allowed employers to fill gaps in care set to expire, this letter urges Congress to consider making permanent the current policies that allow telehealth and remote care services to be treated as an excepted benefit.
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