H.R.4932 - CONNECT for Health Act of 2019116th Congress (2019-2020)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Thompson, Mike [D-CA-5] (Introduced 10/30/2019)|
|Committees:||House - Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means|
|Latest Action:||House - 11/01/2019 Referred to the Subcommittee on Health. (All Actions)|
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Summary: H.R.4932 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)All Information (Except Text)
Introduced in House (10/30/2019)
Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies for Health Act of 2019 or the CONNECT for Health Act of 2019
This bill expands coverage of telehealth services under Medicare.
Among other things, the bill
- allows the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to waive certain restrictions, such as geographic restrictions, for services provided in high-need health professional shortage areas;
- excludes mental health and emergency medical services, as well as services provided at rural health clinics, federally qualified health centers, and Indian Health Service facilities, from such geographic restrictions; and
- allows the CMS to generally waive coverage restrictions during national emergencies.
Additionally, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission must report on information relating to the access of Medicare beneficiaries to telehealth services at home. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation may also test alternative payment models relating to expanded telehealth services.