Required Insurance Coverage of Teledentistry

On Mar. 23, 2017, Gov. Bullock signed S.B. 129 into law, creating enrolled Chapter 94. The legislation amends the state’s telemedicine statute by requiring insurance coverage for dental services offered through telemedicine. Under existing Montana law, insured group health plans must provide coverage for health-care services provided through telemedicine if such services are otherwise covered by plans. Such coverage must be equivalent to coverage for services provided in person by health-care providers or at health-care facilities. This new amendment broadens the definition of licensed health-care providers to include dentists and dental hygienists.

This amendment to the statute is effective Jan. 1, 2018.

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