Today, American Well proudly joined the 16 other healthcare, consumer, and business organizations that make up the Massachusetts Telemedicine Coalition in its endorsement of HB267, An Act Advancing and Expanding Access to Telemedicine Services.
One of the major barriers to the expansion of telehealth is lack of parity—coverage and reimbursement for telehealth visits equal to that for traditional in-office visits. This summer, several states across the United States made news by passing laws similar to HB267 to remedy this problem. Twenty-seven states and the District of Columbia now have laws in place that require coverage of telehealth services. If HB267 passes, Massachusetts will join more than half the country in leveling the playing field for telehealth and improving access for the state’s 6.76 million residents.
The next step in moving this critical legislation forward is a public hearing in front of the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing next Tuesday, October 13.
Read the full press release from the Massachusetts Hospital Association, which leads the Coalition.