Plans Can’t Exclude Telemedicine

On May 12, 2018, Gov. Colyer sign HB 2028 into law, establishing the Kansas Telemedicine Act. This act provides that plans can’t exclude health care services from coverage solely because they’re provided through telemedicine rather than through in-person treatment. Under the Act, telemedicine means the delivery of health care services for a plan participant that’s located at an originating site from a health care provider located at a distant site.

That Act also defines which practitioners can constitute health care providers and mandates that plans can’t require additional documentation of telemedicine patients. Additionally, insurance issuers must establish payment or reimbursement for telemedicine expenses in the same way they establish them for in-person services.

Plan sponsors should consider this requirement to offer telemedicine for fully-insured plans based out of Kansas.

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