House to Debate Extending CARES Act Telehealth Coverage Indefinitely
The House of Representatives is setting the stage for a discussion on extending telehealth freedoms enacted over the past few months by the Health and Human Services Department to address the coronavirus pandemic. A bill introduced this past week in the House aims to make those freedoms permanent. Called the Advancing Telehealth Beyond COVID-19 Act, it would “continue the telehealth policies implemented by the Trump Administration and through the CARES Act, while advancing access to emerging technology for seniors especially in rural areas.” “This bill will allow seniors to utilize telehealth services even after the emergency declaration has ended. COVID-19 presented unprecedented challenges, one being the facilitation of a safe environment for our seniors to receive high-quality health care,” Rep. Liz Cheney (R‑WY), who introduced the bill with Reps. Greg Gianforte (R‑MT), David Kustoff (R‑TN), and Jason Smith (R‑MO) said in a press release.