Oppose Payment Parity for Telehealth in Florida

The Florida legislature is considering a bill, SB 1526, that would mandate payment parity for telehealth. This requires insurers to pay the same for telehealth services as in-person visits.

A number of states have already 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 the legislature and urge them to oppose bills that mandate payment parity for telehealth.

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