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ATA: Kentucky and Missouri State Legislatures Expand Telemedicine
Date:7/16/2013

Washington, DC (PRWEB) July 16, 2013

The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) applauds the state governments of Kentucky and Missouri for recently enacting policies that expand coverage of telemedicine services within their jurisdictions. In doing so, Kentucky and Missouri are joining a growing list of states that are realizing the benefit of telemedicine as a cost-effective delivery model for quality healthcare.

“This is a true win-win scenario,” said Jonathan Linkous, Chief Executive Officer of the American Telemedicine Association. “First, it is a big victory for patients in Kentucky and Missouri, who now have greater access to the best-possible healthcare. It’s also a win for the treasury and taxpayers in those states, who will save significantly on public healthcare costs.”

The two states have taken different approaches to expand access to telemedicine services. Kentucky has incorporated telemedicine into its Medicaid services, while Missouri has passed a state-wide insurance parity mandate for telemedicine.

Kentucky issued final rules expanding coverage of telehealth-provided services for Medicaid beneficiaries. Although providers are still limited to using only interactive video-conferencing to qualify for reimbursement, Medicaid beneficiaries will have access to a broader list of providers and telehealth-provided services including a variety of physical and mental health evaluations, counseling and remote disease monitoring.

Missouri passed a state-wide parity law (HB 986) for private insurance coverage of telemedicine, making it the nineteenth state to do so. The bill, SB 262, was introduced earlier this year by National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women (NOBEL) member and Senator Kiki Curls and received overwhelming bipartisan support. The newly enacted law requires private insurers to reimburse healthcare providers for telehealth-provided services on the same basis as
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