Expansion of Telehealth Services Extended Again

On July 23, 2021, Gov. Pritzker issued Executive Order 2021-15 extending once again the applicability of several prior COVID-19-related executive orders, considering the continued public health emergency. Executive Order 2020-09 was also included in the order, extending its applicability through August 21, 2021 (among several other executive orders).

As mentioned in the March 31, 2020, edition of Compliance Corner, in the Illinois 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. It has been extended several times and is now extended through August 21, 2021 (or for some portions of the order, until corresponding legislation is enacted and takes effect, whichever occurs first).

Employers should be aware of these developments.

Executive Order 2021-15 »
Executive Order 2020-09 »