Teledentistry Coverage Mandated

On June 16, 2021, Gov. Abbott signed HB 2056 into law, which introduces the practice of teledentistry and requires health plans issued in the state to cover it.

“Teledentistry” is the practice of providing dental services (as provided by a dentist licensed by the state to provide the service or by a person supervised by such a dentist) to a patient at a different physical location than the dentist or health professional using telecommunications or information technology.

The bill requires health benefit plans regulated by the state to provide coverage for teledentistry dental services on the same basis and to the same extent that the plan provides coverage for the service or procedure in an in-person setting.

The law is effective January 1, 2022. Employers with plans regulated by the state should be aware of this development.

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