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H.R. 6644 (116th): 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
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on April 28, 2020, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

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Position statements

What legislators are saying

Schrier, Roe Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Increase Telehealth Opportunities During Pandemic
    — Rep. Kim Schrier [D-WA8] (Sponsor) on Apr 29, 2020

Roe, Schrier Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Increase Telehealth Coverage During Pandemic
    — Rep. David “Phil” Roe [R-TN1, 2009-2020] (Co-sponsor) on May 1, 2020

The Time to Act is Now: A Legislative Update
    — Rep. Joyce Beatty [D-OH3] (Co-sponsor) on Sep 15, 2020

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History

Apr 28, 2020
 
Introduced

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

H.R. 6644 (116th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 6644. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not enacted by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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