Telemedicine — a boon for many in the pandemic — threatened with cutbacks

Other patients are losing access to telemedicine because of a technological gulf. For in-state patients, some providers continue to reimburse video visits at comparable rates to in-person, but this has become infrequent for telephone visits. Medicare announced it will no longer offer payment parity for video and telephone visits after the federal public health emergency order expires (most recently extended until Oct. 18, 2021, by Xavier Becerra, secretary of Health and Human Services). As of March, only 22 states required insurers to even cover telephone visits.

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