Telehealth coverage rolls back across United States

By Eileen Weber
April 1st, 2022
Marlne M Maheu, PhD
Marlene Maheu, Ph.D, executive director of Telebehavioral Health Institute (TBHI) in San Diego, California.

New England tries to hang on

If there was an upside to the pandemic, it was telehealth. For many patients, particularly those with mental health issues, telehealth was both convenient and necessary. Unfortunately, now that insurance coverage is increasingly rolling back, patients and clinicians are feeling concerned.

For example, Virginia announced late last year that telehealth visits were “no longer feasible” to thousands of clients. Some private insurance companies rolled back coverage as early as June 2020, with coronavirus levels spiking globally.

In the New England states, Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire had their pandemic-related waivers expire last summer. However, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed a bill ...

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