MO Governor Jay Nixon Forces Insurers To Cover Telehealth

MO Governor Jay Nixon Forces Insurers To Cover Telehealth

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!

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