Section 1. Chapter 175 of the General Laws is amended by inserting, after section 47AA, the following new section:
Telemedicine-For the purposes of this section, "telemedicine," as it pertains to the delivery of health care services, means the use of interactive audio, video or other electronic media for the purpose of diagnosis, consultation or treatment. "Telemedicine" does not include the use of audio-only telephone, facsimile machine or e-mail.
Telemedicine network. An insurer may limit coverage to those health care providers in a telemedicine network approved by the insurer.
Deductible, copayment and coinsurance. A contract that provides coverage for services under this section may contain a provision for a deductible, copayment or coinsurance requirement for a health care service provided through telemedicine as long as the deductible, copayment or coinsurance does not exceed the deductible, copayment or coinsurance applicable to an in-person consultation.
Coverage consistency. Coverage for health care services under this section must be consistent with coverage for health care services provided through in-person consultation.
The requirements of this Act apply to all policies, contracts and certificates executed, delivered, issued for delivery, continued or renewed in this State on or after January 1, 2012. For purposes of this Act, all contracts are deemed to be renewed no later than the next yearly anniversary of the contract date.
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