Expansion of Telehealth Services Extended

On May 29, 2020, Gov. Pritzker issued Executive Order 2020-39 extending the applicability of several prior COVID-19-related Executive Orders in light of the continued public health emergency. Included in the order was reference to Executive Order 2020-09, extending its applicability through June 27, 2020 (among several other executive orders).

As mentioned in our prior Compliance Corner March 31, 2020, article “COVID-19 and Health Insurance Coverage,” Executive Order 2020-09 expands telehealth services to also include electronic and telephonic methods, and requires health insurers to cover the costs of in-network telehealth services for any clinically appropriate, medically necessary covered services and treatments.

The order was originally effective beginning March 19, 2020, and stated that it will continue for the duration of the governor’s proclamation of disaster. Executive Order 2020-39 now extends its applicability through June 27, 2020.

Employers should be aware of these developments.

Executive Order 2020-39 »