HB15-1029

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HB15-1029 - Health Care Delivery Via Telemedicine Statewide

Passed/Signed into Law
Concerning Coverage Under A Health Benefit Plan For Health Care Services Delivered Through Telemedicine In Any Area Of The State.

Under current law, health benefit plans issued, amended, or renewed in this state cannot require in-person health care delivery for a person covered under the plan who resides in a county with 150,000 or fewer residents if the care can be appropriately delivered through telemedicine and the county has the technology necessary for care delivery via telemedicine.

Starting January 1, 2016, the bill removes the population restrictions and precludes a health benefit plan from requiring in-person care delivery when telemedicine is appropriate, regardless of the geographic location of the health care provider and the recipient of care. A provider need not demonstrate that a barrier to in-person care exists for coverage of telemedicine under a health benefit plan to apply.

In addition, carriers:

  • Must reimburse providers who deliver care through telemedicine on the same basis that the carrier is responsible for coverage of services delivered in person;
  • Cannot charge deductible, copayment, or coinsurance amounts that are not equally imposed on all terms and services covered under the health benefit plan; and
  • Cannot impose an annual or lifetime dollar maximum that applies separately to telemedicine services.

Senate Committees

Latest update: March 20, 2015
03/20/2015 Governor Signed
03/12/2015 Signed by the President of the Senate
03/12/2015 Sent to the Governor
03/11/2015 Signed by the Speaker of the House
03/04/2015 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
03/02/2015 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Laid Over Daily
02/27/2015 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
02/27/2015 Senate Third Reading Reconsidered - No Amendments
02/27/2015 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
02/26/2015 Senate Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
02/25/2015 Senate Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
02/24/2015 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
02/19/2015 Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
02/06/2015 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services
01/28/2015 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
01/27/2015 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
01/22/2015 House Committee on Health, Insurance, & Environment Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
01/07/2015 Introduced In House - Assigned to Health, Insurance, & Environment