Expanded Telehealth Access Made Permanent

On April 19, 2021, Gov. Gianforte signed House Bill 43 into law. This legislation is designed to expand access to telehealth services in the state on a permanent basis. The law is effective on January 1, 2022.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the state suspended certain telehealth limitations to enable more residents to use these services. For example, the requirement for a prior established provider-patient relationship was temporarily removed. Geographical patient restrictions were also lifted.

The new law makes these pandemic-initiated changes permanent. It also allows additional types of technology to be used to provide telehealth services. Accordingly, audio and audio-only communications will be permitted, so residents in rural neighborhoods without access to broadband internet can still receive medical care. Furthermore, the law extends telehealth coverage requirements to public employee benefit plans and self-insured student health plans.

Affected employers may want to be aware of these developments.

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