A bipartisan group of House lawmakers last week introduced a bill that would extend public health emergency (PHE) telehealth waivers.
The sponsors are Reps. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), chair of the House Ways & Means Committee; Devin Nunes (R-CA); Mike Thompson (D-CA); Mike Kelly (R-PA); and David Schweikert (R-AZ).
Telehealth waivers instituted during the pandemic have allowed for broad use of Medicare-reimbursed telehealth. The legislation would allow patients to continue to have telehealth visits from home and would not be confined to certain zip codes, even at the end of the PHE.
Also, the bill would provide a two-year temporary extension of PHE telehealth waivers. These allow certain providers, such as therapists, to offer telehealth.