An Act Regarding Telehealth
Sec. 1. 24 MRSA §2904, sub-§1, ¶A, as amended by PL 2017, c. 396, §1, is further amended to read:
(1) To a nonprofit organization;
(2) To an agency of the State or any political subdivision of the State;
(3) To members or recipients of services of a nonprofit organization or state or local agency;
(4) To support the State's response to a public health threat as defined in Title 22, section 801, subsection 10;
(5) To support the State's response to an extreme public health emergency as defined in Title 22, section 801, subsection 4-A; or
(6) To support the State's response to a disaster as defined in Title 37-B, section 703, subsection 2;
Sec. 2. 24-A MRSA §4316, as enacted by PL 2009, c. 169, §1, is repealed and the following enacted in its place:
§ 4316. Coverage for telehealth services
Sec. 3. Application. The requirements of this Act apply to all policies, contracts and certificates executed, delivered, issued for delivery, continued or renewed in this State on or after January 1, 2020. For purposes of this Act, all contracts are deemed to be renewed no later than the next yearly anniversary of the contract date.
This bill does the following.
1. It provides immunity from liability to health care practitioners who voluntarily provide health care services through telehealth in the same manner as immunity is provided to health care practitioners who voluntarily provide health care services in person.
2. It requires carriers that offer health plans in this State to provide coverage for health care services provided through telehealth services in the same manner as coverage is provided for services provided in person and sets forth certain standards for coverage of telehealth services.
3. It clarifies that carriers may apply prior approval and credentialing requirements for providers for services provided through telehealth services only if the requirements are the same as are applied for services provided in person.
4. It makes the bill's provisions apply to health insurance policies issued or renewed on or after January 1, 2020.