assembly Bill A6644

2021-2022 Legislative Session

Expands access to telehealth services through insurers

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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 05, 2022 referred to insurance
Mar 23, 2021 referred to insurance

A6644 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Assembly Insurance
Law Section:
Insurance Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§3217-h & 4306-g, Ins L; amd §2805-u, Pub Health L
Versions Introduced in 2019-2020 Legislative Session:
A10883

A6644 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Expands access to telehealth services through insurers.

A6644 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
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                                   6644
 
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                           I N  A S S E M B L Y
 
                              March 23, 2021
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by M. of A. FRONTUS -- read once and referred to the Commit-
   tee on Insurance
 
 AN ACT to amend the insurance law and the public health law, in relation
   to expanding access to telehealth services through insurers
 
   THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
 BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

   Section  1.  Section  3217-h of the insurance law is amended by adding
 two new subsections (c) and (d) to read as follows:
   (C) INSURERS SHALL PROVIDE TELEHEALTH SERVICES WITHOUT FIRST REQUIRING
 PATIENTS TO MAKE CONTACT  IN-PERSON  BEFORE  PROVIDING  SUCH  TELEHEALTH
 SERVICES.    PLANS SHALL INCLUDE REIMBURSEMENT FOR HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS
 FOR ANY DIAGNOSIS, CONSULTATION OR TREATMENT OF A PATIENT, CLIENT ENROL-
 LEE OR SUBSCRIBER DELIVERED THROUGH  TELEHEALTH  SERVICES  IN  THE  SAME
 MANNER  AND  TO THE SAME EXTENT AS THE HEALTH CARE SERVICE PLAN WOULD BE
 RESPONSIBLE FOR REIMBURSEMENT FOR THE  SAME  SERVICE  THROUGH  IN-PERSON
 DIAGNOSIS, CONSULTATION OR TREATMENT.
   (D)  REIMBURSEMENT FOR TELEHEALTH SERVICES SHALL NOT BE REQUIRED TO BE
 UNBUNDLED FROM OTHER CAPITATED OR BUNDLED RISK-BASED PAYMENTS, PROVIDED,
 HOWEVER, TELEHEALTH COMPANIES SHALL NOT RECEIVE EXCLUSIVE CONTRACTS.
   § 2. Section 4306-g of the insurance law is amended by adding two  new
 subsections (c) and (d) to read as follows:
   (C)  CORPORATIONS  SHALL  PROVIDE  TELEHEALTH  SERVICES  WITHOUT FIRST
 REQUIRING PATIENTS TO MAKE CONTACT IN-PERSON BEFORE PROVIDING SUCH TELE-
 HEALTH SERVICES. CONTRACTS SHALL INCLUDE REIMBURSEMENT FOR  HEALTH  CARE
 PROVIDERS  FOR  ANY  DIAGNOSIS,  CONSULTATION OR TREATMENT OF A PATIENT,
 CLIENT ENROLLEE OR SUBSCRIBER DELIVERED THROUGH TELEHEALTH  SERVICES  IN
 THE  SAME MANNER AND TO THE SAME EXTENT AS THE CONTRACT WOULD BE RESPON-
 SIBLE FOR REIMBURSEMENT FOR THE SAME SERVICE THROUGH  IN-PERSON  DIAGNO-
 SIS, CONSULTATION OR TREATMENT.
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                            LBD06301-01-1