|Florida Proposes Bill to Incentivize the Expansion of Telehealth
A recent telehealth bill in Florida may expand telehealth adoption by providing a tax credit to health insurers and health maintenance organizations (HMO) that cover services provided via telehealth. HB 23 would establish the telehealth tax credit, beginning on January 1, 2020. The credit would amount to one tenth of one percent (0.1%) of total insurance premiums received and may be applied against the corporate income tax or insurance premium tax. If unused, the credit would carry over each year for a period not exceeding five years.
HB 23 also includes certain provisions for defining telehealth and establishes both practice standards and restrictions regarding its use. Although Florida does not currently define telehealth in statute, the bill would define it as “the use of synchronous or asynchronous telecommunications technology by a telehealth provider to provide health care services. It does not include audio-only telephone calls, e-mail messages, or facsimile transmission.” The new provisions would permit out-of-state telehealth providers to provide health care services to patients located in Florida if such a provider registers with the applicable board or department.
As of March 29th, HB 23 is awaiting movement after passing votes by both the House Health and Human Services Committee and Ways and Means Committee.
Further information on the bill may be found through the Florida Senate’s bill page.