HB17-1094 - Telehealth Coverage Under Health Benefit Plans

Passed/Signed into Law
Concerning modifications to the requirements for health benefit plans to cover health care services delivered via telehealth.

Under current law, health benefit plans are required to cover health care services delivered to a covered person by a provider via telehealth in the same manner that the plan covers health care services delivered by a provider in person. The bill clarifies that:


  • A health plan cannot restrict or deny coverage of telehealth services based on the communication technology or application used to deliver the telehealth services;
  • The availability of telehealth services does not change a carrier's obligation to contract with providers available in the community to provide in-person services;
  • A covered person may receive telehealth services from a private residence, but the carrier is not required to pay or reimburse for any transmission costs or originating site fees the covered person incurs;
  • A carrier is to apply the applicable copayment, coinsurance, or deductible amount to health care services a covered person receives through telehealth, which amount cannot exceed the amount applicable to those health care services when delivered through in-person care; and
  • Telehealth includes health care services provided through HIPAA-compliant audio-visual communication or the use of a HIPAA-compliant application via a cellular telephone but does not include voice-only telephone communication or text messaging.
    (Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)


Latest update: March 16, 2017
03/16/2017 - Governor Signed
03/08/2017 - Sent to the Governor
03/07/2017 - Signed by the President of the Senate
03/06/2017 - Signed by the Speaker of the House
03/02/2017 - Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
03/01/2017 - Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
02/28/2017 - Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
02/23/2017 - Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
02/15/2017 - Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services
02/13/2017 - House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
02/10/2017 - House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
02/07/2017 - House Committee on Health, Insurance, & Environment Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
01/19/2017 - Introduced In House - Assigned to Health, Insurance, & Environment