An Act Relative to Telemedicine
S 549, H 578
Sponsored by Senator Jason Lewis, Representative John Scibak
As an essential community provider and the state’s largest freestanding reproductive healthcare provider, Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts knows that access to health care services is essential. Many people have a difficult time accessing in-person healthcare for many different reasons, such as mobility limitations, major distance, time barriers, and transportation limitations. Telemedicine provides an efficient and convenient alternative to an in-person visit. Harnessing advancements in technology and delivering services via telemedicine improves care by giving patients more convenient access to providers and greater access to specialists located outside their geographic area. Telemedicine is the future and a commonsense way to improve access to important health care services.
This legislation requires insurance companies to cover services delivered via telemedicine and ensures that providers are reimbursed at comparable rates to services delivered in-person. Creating a strong telemedicine policy in Massachusetts will enable PPLM and all other health care providers to deliver important preventive health services – like birth control counseling and prescriptions – and reach people in parts of the state who currently struggle to access the reproductive care they need.