A number of states have passed laws mandating payment parity for telehealth. Yet telehealth is also thriving in states that have not mandated payment parity. Mandating that insurers pay the same for telehealth as in-person care erases telemedicine’s cost-effectiveness: Compared to an average $146 office visit, a patient can connect with a physician virtually for $79. More telehealth can make healthcare cheaper, but price-controls will artificially keep prices high. This is the opposite of what we should be doing. Such cost savings already provide economic incentives for insurers to offer telemedicine as part of their coverage plans, making government mandates duplicative and unnecessary.
Write to your state legislature and urge them to repeal payment parity for telehealth.
Please repeal payment parity for telehealth
Dear [Decision Maker],
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP][Your Email]