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Temporary Reciprocity to Ensure Access to Treatment Act

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A bill to provide temporary licensing reciprocity for telehealth and interstate health care treatment.

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Date Actions Overview
08/04/2020Introduced in Senate

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08/04/2020Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.
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Cosponsors (4)

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CosponsorDate Cosponsored
Sen. Blunt, Roy [R-MO]* 08/04/2020
Sen. Whitehouse, Sheldon [D-RI] 08/13/2020
Sen. Cardin, Benjamin L. [D-MD] 09/24/2020
Sen. Van Hollen, Chris [D-MD] 09/24/2020

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Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions08/04/2020 Referred to

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Introduced in Senate (08/04/2020)

Temporary Reciprocity to Ensure Access to Treatment Act or the TREAT Act

This bill temporarily allows, subject to scope of practice and other requirements, a health care professional to provide in-person and telehealth services in any U.S. jurisdiction based on that individual's authorization to practice in any one state or territory.

Specifically, health care professionals may provide these services in jurisdictions other than where they are licensed, certified, or authorized to practice for up to 180 days after the end of the COVID-19 (i.e., coronavirus disease 2019) emergency. In addition, the bill provides certain authorities to health care professional regulatory bodies, such as medical boards, to investigate and take disciplinary actions against a professional who provides telehealth services to a patient in that organization's jurisdiction pursuant to this bill.

The bill also permits the Department of Health and Human Services to similarly expand the authority of health care professionals to provide these services in the event of future major disasters or emergencies.