While many states already had laws in place requiring commercial health plans and state Medicaid programs to cover telehealth services, the requirements were not universal and varied in the levels of service covered.
In response to the pandemic, some state Governors have issued emergency orders to increase access to telehealth services and to increase the pool of available health care providers.
Below, we provide answers to several important questions regarding telehealth policies by state during COVID-19.
It is important to note that the state-specific information below does not apply to Medicare, including information about trainees’ services. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services does not cover services provided by supervised trainees to Medicare beneficiaries. This APA resource explains why. Information about how telehealth services may be delivered to Medicare beneficiaries during the public health emergency can be found on the APA Practice Information Hub.
We will continue to keep this resource updated regularly for the duration of the COVID-19 public health emergency. Government and payer policies in response to the coronavirus crisis are changing rapidly, so we recommend that you check our Practice Information Hub frequently.