STATEMENT ON THE TELEHEALTH EXPANSION ACT OF 2021
May 19, 2021
WASHINGTON DC – There are more than 35 million Americans with high-deductible health plans coupled with a Health Savings Account (HSAs). More than 50 percent of Americans with HSAs live in zip codes where the median income is below $75,000 annually. Reaching the deductible threshold of $1,400 for an individual and $2,800 for a family is often a financial strain.
Allowing employers to subsidize access to telehealth for employees with HSAs provides meaningful access to health care services before the deductible is met. Through the CARES Act, Congress gave employers the ability to provide free or reduced telehealth services to their employees during the pandemic by creating a telehealth safe harbor from certain high deductible health plan rules.
Today, the Alliance for Connected Care (“The Alliance”) is pleased to support the introduction of the Telehealth Expansion Act of 2021 and applauds Senators Steve Daines (R-MT) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) for their leadership in permanently extending the CARES Act authority for employers and health plans to subsidize telehealth visits for individuals with HSAs.
“During the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress enabled employers to offer pre-deductible coverage for telehealth services, expanding access to care and reducing out-of-pocket costs for millions of Americans,” said Alliance for Connected Care executive director Krista Drobac. “This bill will ensure individuals with HSAs continue to have ready access to virtual-care services while remaining eligible to make and receive contributions to an HSA.”
A full statement can be found here and below: