On December 12, 2022, Reps. Schneider (D-IL), Steel (R-CA) and Lee (D-NV) led a bipartisan group of 30 House Members in a letter asking House leadership to extend critical commercial market telehealth flexibilities in the year-end appropriations package. The Alliance for Connected Care worked closely with the Congressional offices on this advocacy effort.
The letter called on Congress to include the extension of the flexibility that allowed health plans and employers to provide pre-deductible coverage of telehealth services for individuals with a high deductible health plan coupled with a health savings account (HDHP-HSA). This provision was included in both the Primary and Virtual Care Affordability Act (H.R. 5541) and the Telehealth Expansion Act (H.R. 5981).
The Alliance has been a leading voice in advocating for the continued extension of this flexibility over the past several years. This policy has meaningfully expanded access to virtual care for a range of critical health services for the 32 million individuals with these plans. Without action by Congress, this flexibility will expire on December 31, 2022.
To read the letter, see below or click here.