The Alliance submitted written testimony for the New York State FY2022 Joint Legislative Budget Hearing on Health, which took place on February 25, 2021.

The Alliance applauds the telehealth-related proposals included in the Governor’s Executive Budget for the State Fiscal Year 2022, and was particularly thrilled to see specific provisions around the creation of an interstate licensure program to authorize out-of-state practitioners licensed in contiguous states or states in the Northeast region to provide telehealth services to patients in New York.

“While we support and appreciate efforts by the State to acknowledge the importance of interstate licensure capabilities and to implement a program to enable such practice, we believe the language as it currently exists is limited in scope both from a geographic standpoint and in the categories of health care services and provider types that can engage in interstate telehealth practice. This, and other aspects of the current legislation being considered, could add an additional burden to New York-based providers and the patients they serve.”

The Alliance offered comments on how to strengthen this provision to ensure patients can access necessary care from providers of their choice and to support New York-based providers in their effort to deliver care across state lines. The Alliance also offered the Medical Excellence Zone as an alternative to the policy as it stands. Key provisions and additional details on the MEZ can be viewed here.

Read our full testimony here and below:

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