May 30, 2018
On April 26, 2018, Gov. Matt Bevin signed SB 112 into law, requiring health insurers in Kentucky to pay for covered services delivered by telehealth or telemedicine technology as long as the services and providers are otherwise covered.
"Telehealth" means the delivery of health-care services by health-care providers licensed in Kentucky to plan participants through face-to-face encounters using real-time interactive audio and video technologies or store-and-forward services provided via asynchronous technologies as the standard practice of care where images are sent to specialists for evaluation. Telehealth doesn't include email, text messaging, fax transmissions or audio-only telephone calls.
These services will be subject to annual deductibles and coinsurance, and other terms and conditions of coverage, in the same way already established for the same services when not provided via telemedicine or telehealth.
This law is effective for plans issued or renewed on or after July 1, 2019.