June 20, 2023
Together with 150+ organizations spanning health, technology, aging and more, the Alliance voiced its support for the CONNECT for Health Act of 2023. Last introduced in 2021 and re-introduced in June 2023, the Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (CONNECT) for Health Act would expand coverage of telehealth services through Medicare, make permanent COVID-19 telehealth flexibilities, and make it easier for patients to connect with their doctors. Specifically, the legislation would:
  • Remove geographic restrictions on telehealth services and expand originating sites to include the home and other sites;
  • Allow health centers and rural health clinics to provide telehealth services;
  • Allow more eligible health care professionals to utilize telehealth services;
  • Remove unnecessary in-person visit requirement for telehealth services supporting mental health; and
  • Require more published data to learn more about how telehealth is being used, impacts of quality of care, and how it can be improved to support patients and health care providers.

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