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H.R. 6644: To require group health plans and health insurance issuers offering group or individual health insurance coverage to provide coverage for services furnished via telehealth if such services would be covered if furnished in-person during the COVID-19 emergency.

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About the bill

Digital checkups and physicals are becoming the new normal during this “shelter at home” period.

Context

With most physicians’ offices shut down for in-person visits during the covid-19 pandemic, many Americans have had to rely on virtual “telemedicine” visits with their doctors, either by video conference or by phone.

March’s $2 trillion CARES Act and other recent executive branch orders have changed a number of provisions related to telehealth. These include improving Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement rates for telemedicine visits, and now allowing physicians to prescribe controlled substances such as state-legal medical marijuana over telemedicine.

What the bill does

The Health Care at Home Act would establish several reforms to last as long as the official federal covid-19 emergency declaration:

  • require that health insurance plans cover all “medically necessary ...

Sponsor and status

Kim Schrier

Sponsor. Representative for Washington's 8th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Apr 28, 2020
Length: 6 pages
Introduced
Apr 28, 2020
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Status

Introduced on Apr 28, 2020

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on April 28, 2020. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

Prognosis
4% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)
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History

Apr 28, 2020
 
Introduced

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H.R. 6644 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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