Update on American Medical Association COVID-19 advocacy efforts

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From Thursday, May 21, 2020

Today the American Medical Association sent letters (attached) to Senator Tina Smith (D-MN) and Representatives Kim Schrier, MD (D-WA), Phil Roe, MD (R-TN), Joseph Morelle (D-NY), and Jeff Van Drew (R-NJ) voicing our support for companion bills S. 3741 and H.R. 6644, “the Health Care at Home Act.” These bills would require health plans regulated by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) to cover telehealth services. 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.

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