Minnesota Telehealth Act looks good in Legislature

Mankato Free Press reports…

Telehealth service expansion in Minnesota appears all but certain as state lawmakers approved telehealth proposals this week.

The Senate unanimously passed the so-called Minnesota Telehealth Act Tuesday while the House passed a health and human services omnibus package Monday that included a similar bill.

The bill would raise reimbursement rates for video or audio consultations between patients and medical professionals. It also expands the state’s definitions of telehealth to include more medical services, such as mental health or substance abuse treatment, as well as expand coverage for those services. It also codifies several pandemic-related telehealth measures into law.

It’s looking good for telehealth…

Telehealth is one of the few things that won’t need much discussion when lawmakers head into conference committees to negotiate budget bills next month. Rosen pointed out there are still a few concerns lawmakers may address — she successfully introduced an amendment for a study on how insurance plans and providers adapt to the telehealth changes — but the measure has almost unanimous support within the Legislature.

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About Ann Treacy

Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (blandinonbroadband.org), hosts a radio show on MN music (mostlyminnesota.com), supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota (elimstrongtowershelters.org) and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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