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Illinois bill would ensure access to telehealth after pandemic

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A bill filed in the Illinois House would ensure people have access to telehealth services in the state after the COVID-19 pandemic.

State Rep. Deb Conroy introduced House Bill 3498.

This bill would make sure that quality, affordable, safe virtual healthcare will still be offered to Illinoisans after the pandemic.

According to the Coalition to Protect Telehealth, which supports the legislation, the bill aligns telehealth coverage and payment with in-person care, making patient access to healthcare the priority.

It also says patients cannot be required to use telehealth services, in an effort to protect patient preference.

In addition, the legislation gives healthcare providers and professionals the ability to determine the appropriateness of specific sites and technology platforms to offer telehealth services, while upholding federal and state privacy laws.

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More information on HB3498 can be found here.

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