State House News Week 2
HF 89: Telehealth Parity
House file 89 passed unanimously through house committee on 1/21/21.
1) It requires that insurance companies shall pay the same as in office rates.
2) It amends the definition of telehealth to include interactive real-time audio, visual or electronic media regardless of location of professional or covered person.
3) It prohibits a carrier from requiring an additional professional in the same room as the covered person.
4) Effective upon enactment and retroactive to Jan 1, 2021.
Bill details are here:
(This bill applies to insurance companies/plans that Iowa has control over- some are covered by a federal law and are not included in this legislation.)
New Bills this week:
We would love your feedback on these four bills
|Bills & Rules Watch|
|IMHCA Week 2||Name||Title|
|LMHC supervision-undecided*||HF 107||A bill for an act relating to supervision requirements for licensed marital and family therapists, mental health counselors, and social workers, and including effective date provisions.|
|Medicaid waiver for SUD-support*||HF 108||A bill for an act relating to a Medicaid demonstration waiver to support and improve the delivery of substance use disorder treatment services.|
|Online Continuing Education-undecided*||HF 132||A bill for an act relating to online continuing education courses for maintaining a professional license.|
|Extension of License deadlines-undecided*||HF 133||A bill for an act relating to the extension of deadlines for the completion of continuing education requirements.|
|Bed Tracking-Undecided-no one has registered *||HF 54||A bill for an act relating to the inpatient psychiatric bed tracking system.|
|Audio only telehealth-Broadlawns supports *support||HF 88||A bill for an act relating to the provision of audio-only telehealth or telemedicine by health care professionals.|
|Telehealth $ parity-support* Passed subcommittee 1/21/21||HF 89||A bill for an act relating to reimbursement rates for health care services for mental health conditions, illnesses, injuries, or diseases provided to covered persons by telehealth, and including effective date and retroactive applicability provisions.|
|Certificate of need-undecided. Broadlawns is undecided-undecided*||SF 4||A bill for an act relating to the elimination of the certificate of need process relating to the development of a new or changed institutional health service.|
|Psychology interjurisdictional-undecided.-undecided*||SF 78||A bill for an act adopting the psychology interjurisdictional compact.|
|Telehealth $ parity-registered as support*; incomplete needs amendment||SF 92||A bill for an act relating to reimbursement rates for health care services provided to covered persons by telehealth, and including effective date and retroactive applicability provisions.|