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Bipartisan bill seeks to regulate telemedicine in West Virginia

By Jessica Farrish, The Register-Herald

BECKLEY, W.Va. — A bipartisan bill in the West Virginia Legislature seeks to permit health care providers who are licensed in other states to provide telehealth services to West Virginians.

If passed, SB1 would also require Public Employees Insurance Agency, Medicaid and specified insurance plans to cover telehealth services at the same rate as in-person health care, starting July 1.

Sen. Rollan Roberts, R-Raleigh, said Monday that the coronavirus pandemic has demonstrated the need for regulations of telemedicine in the state.

During the pandemic, many providers began to “see” patients virtually for non-emergency care, in an effort to reduce potential exposure to Covid during an in-office visit…

To read more: https://www.register-herald.com/news/state_region/bipartisan-bill-seeks-to-regulate-telemedicine-in-state/article_3ff232b5-572b-582e-82a4-6f2adee1b605.html

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