Original Source: Center for Connected Health Policy
It was an active year for state telehealth legislation in 2019. Among 35 states, 113 legislative bills passed in the 2019 legislative session, up significantly from 65 bills in 2018. Additionally, 54 telehealth related regulations were finalized in 35 states related to telehealth. The large leap in the numbers of bills passed, was partially due to the increased passage of cross-state licensing legislation enacting interstate licensing compacts. While the cross-state licensing topic area had 10 bills enacted in 2018, it more than doubled to 23 bills in 2019. There was also large increases in the passage of bills establishing telehealth demonstrations, pilots and grant programs, as well as bills addressing regulatory professional board practice standards and prescribing. Bills related to both Medicaid and private payer reimbursement also both had an increase since 2018, although the number of bills passed has remained low comparatively. CCHP’s 2019 roundup of state approved legislation, which includes a detailed listing of all bills by topic area and state, is now available.