In recent months, a number of bills have been introduced or passed in Congress that would ease federal health care programs’ restrictions on telehealth. Currently, Medicare has strict limitations on telehealth. But bipartisan groups of Senators have introduced two bills seeking to expand telehealth services covered by Medicare.
Similarly, bipartisan groups in both the Senate and House introduced bills to eliminate the Department of Veterans Affairs’ restrictions on telehealth across state lines. Introduction of these bills comes just a few months after Congress approved a defense bill making telehealth services available under the US Defense Department’s TRICARE program, the health plan for active duty military members and their families.