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SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1067         FILED ON: 1/17/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 530

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Mark C. Montigny

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act Relative to Full Application of Telemedicine Coverage.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Mark C. Montigny

Second Bristol and Plymouth

Daniel B. Winslow

9th Norfolk

Denise Andrews

2nd Franklin


SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1067        FILED ON: 1/17/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 530

By Mr. Montigny, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 530) of Mark C. Montigny, Daniel B. Winslow and Denise Andrews for legislation to fully apply telemedicine coverage.  Health Care Financing. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act Relative to Full Application of Telemedicine Coverage.
 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

              SECTION 1. Chapter 32A of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 17J, the following section:—

              Section 17K. (a) For the purposes of this section, “telemedicine“ as it pertains to the delivery of health care services, shall mean the use of interactive audio, video or other electronic media for the purpose of diagnosis, consultation or treatment. “Telemedicine” shall not include the use of audio-only telephone, facsimile machine or e-mail.

              (b) An insurer may limit coverage of telemedicine services to those health care providers in a telemedicine network approved by the insurer.

              (c) 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.

              (d) Coverage for health care services under this section shall be consistent with coverage for health care services provided through in-person consultation.

              SECTION 2. Chapter 118E of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 10G the following section:—

              Section 10H. (a) For the purposes of this section, “telemedicine“ as it pertains to the delivery of health care services, shall mean the use of interactive audio, video or other electronic media for the purpose of diagnosis, consultation or treatment. “Telemedicine” shall not include the use of audio-only telephone, facsimile machine or e-mail.

              (b) MassHealth may limit coverage of telemedicine services to those health care providers in a telemedicine network approved by the MassHealth.

              (c) 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.

              (d) Coverage for health care services under this section shall be consistent with coverage for health care services provided through in-person consultation.

              SECTION 3. Chapter 176A of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 8EE the following section:—

              Section 8FF. (a) For the purposes of this section, “telemedicine“ as it pertains to the delivery of health care services, shall mean the use of interactive audio, video or other electronic media for the purpose of diagnosis, consultation or treatment. “Telemedicine” shall not include the use of audio-only telephone, facsimile machine or e-mail.

              (b) An insurer may limit coverage of telemedicine services to those health care providers in a telemedicine network approved by the insurer.

              (c) 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.

              (d) Coverage for health care services under this section shall be consistent with coverage for health care services provided through in-person consultation.

              SECTION 4. Chapter 176B of the General Laws, is hereby amended by inserting after section 4EE the following section:—

              Section 4FF. (a) For the purposes of this section, “telemedicine“ as it pertains to the delivery of health care services, shall mean the use of interactive audio, video or other electronic media for the purpose of diagnosis, consultation or treatment. “Telemedicine” shall not include the use of audio-only telephone, facsimile machine or e-mail.

              (b) An insurer may limit coverage of telemedicine services to those health care providers in a telemedicine network approved by the insurer.

              (c) 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.

              (d) Coverage for health care services under this section shall be consistent with coverage for health care services provided through in-person consultation.

              SECTION 5. Chapter 176G of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 4W the following:—

              Section 4X. (a) For the purposes of this section, “telemedicine“ as it pertains to the delivery of health care services, shall mean the use of interactive audio, video or other electronic media for the purpose of diagnosis, consultation or treatment. “Telemedicine” shall not include the use of audio-only telephone, facsimile machine or e-mail.

              (b) An insurer may limit coverage of telemedicine services to those health care providers in a telemedicine network approved by the insurer.

              (c) 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.

              (d) Coverage for health care services under this section shall be consistent with coverage for health care services provided through in-person consultation.

              SECTION 6. Chapter 176I of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 12 the following new section:—

              Section 13. (a) For the purposes of this section, “telemedicine“ as it pertains to the delivery of health care services, shall mean the use of interactive audio, video or other electronic media for the purpose of diagnosis, consultation or treatment. “Telemedicine” shall not include the use of audio-only telephone, facsimile machine or e-mail.

              (b) An insurer may limit coverage of telemedicine services to those health care providers in a telemedicine network approved by the insurer.

              (c) 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.

              (d) Coverage for health care services under this section shall be consistent with coverage for health care services provided through in-person consultation.

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