AMA supporting bill requiring insurers to cover telehealth

The American Medical Association (AMA) has sent letters to Congressional leaders to express its support for “companion” bills S. 3741 and H.R. 6644 (‘Health Care at Home Act’), measures that would require health insurance plans that are regulated by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) to cover telehealth services.

AMA says that, “Physicians and other health care providers are unsure of whom, and under what conditions, they are permitted to provide medical services via telehealth under ERISA plans. These bills would close this gap and provide clarity for physicians and patients.”

AMA was also one of 11 health care organizations that signed a letter that calls for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to “immediately abandon any policy that seeks to separate parents from their children and to end family detention once and for all.”

AMA Health Care at Home Act’ Senate letter

AMA Health Care at Home Act’ House letter

AMA Homeland Security/Immigrations & Customs letter