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Decisions made in the coming months over how and when to extend regulations like those in the pandemic could shape the telehealth industry for years to come.
Millions of patients are losing expanded access to telehealth across state lines as many states’ pandemic emergency declarations wind down, prompting patient advocates, public health officials and telehealth and provider groups to call on states and Congress for a fix.
The problem: The industry is divided over how to solve the issue.
States have divergent policies on virtual care access, leaving a patchwork system that’s confused patients and providers alike.
Connecticut and Georgia’s regulations that allow expanded telehealth access across state lines expired last week, and Arizona ended its emergency declaration March 30. A grace period for Iowa’s eased rules runs out in May, and Louisiana’s regulations are set to expire in June.