Telehealth continues to be seen as a valuable option in the coronavirus response toolset. The U.S. House of Representatives’ $8.3 billion package, passed on March 4, included almost $500 million to expand the use of telehealth. The Telehealth Services During Certain Emergency Periods Act of 2020, which is Division B of the supplemental appropriations bill, would allow the Secretary of Health and Human Services to waive certain requirements during the coronavirus public health emergency to ensure Medicare beneficiaries can receive the care they need at home without unnecessary potential exposure to COVID-19. Insurance companies are also changing their telehealth policies in response to the situation.
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