Statement to Senate Finance Committee Supporting COVID-19 Related Policies Adopted to Help Employers and Employees

The Business Group, as a member of the Partnership for Employer-Sponsored Coverage, submitted a statement expressing support for COVID-related policies adopted to help employees and businesses, including the expansion of telemedicine availability to employees.

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May 19, 2021

Specifically, the Business Group supports:

  • 1 | Treating telehealth services as an excepted benefit which would enable employers to offer this type of coverage to part-time and variable workforces, and other employees not enrolled in the employers’ medical plan;
  • 2 | Reforming medical licensure requirements to enable services to be offered across state lines;
  • 3 | Establishing a national set of standards for telemedicine services to address state-based requirements that have not kept pace with technology, practice site and remote working advances, including eliminating originating site and prior provider relationship requirements; and
  • 4 | Clarifying that CARES Act telemedicine provisions are effective for plan years on or after January 1, 2019
  • 5 | Considering network access and availability of behavioral and mental heath care providers.

Statement to Senate Finance Committee Supporting COVID-19 Related Policies Adopted to Help Employers and Employees

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