Telehealth medicine provides much needed healthcare services to people living in rural areas that would not otherwise be able to access care. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon recently signed into law a bill that (HB 986) that will require the services to be covered by insurance companies. The law goes into effect Jan.1, 2014, and specifies that:
- Health insurers must cover telehealth services if the same service would be covered during an in-person visit; and
- Health insurance carriers may not charge more for telehealth visits through higher rates or co-pays (Ouch! Would they really price gouge?).
If a surgeon in a California operating room can broadcast educational video tweets of brain surgery in progress, and if we can put a monkey on the moon, then certainly we ought to be able to provide simple telehealth to rural families.
Thanks Governor Nixon for helping the cause!