The Alliance for Connected Care provided input into the draft Cures 2.0 legislation released in late June that will build upon the important legacy of the 21st Century Cures Act.
- A copy of the full Cures 2.0 discussion draft circulating now among lawmakers is available here.
- A section-by-section summary of the bill is available here.
The draft legislation includes several telehealth provisions including:
Sec. 402. Strategies to Increase Access to Telehealth under Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program: collaborating with Reps. Blunt Rochester (D-DE) and Burgess (R-TX) to include the Telehealth Improvement for Kids’ Essential Services (TIKES) Act. This policy would provide guidance and strategies to states on effectively integrating telehealth into their Medicaid program and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), review the impact of telehealth on patient health and encourage better collaboration.
Sec. 403. Extending Medicare Telehealth Flexibilities: working with Reps Carter (R-GA) and Blunt Rochester (D-DE) to include the Telehealth Modernization Act. This policy would permanently remove Medicare’s geographic and originating site restrictions which require a patient to live in a rural area and be physically in a doctor’s office or clinic to use telehealth services. It would also allow the Secretary of HHS to permanently expand the types of health care providers that can offer telehealth services and the types of services that can be reimbursed under Medicare.