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SBE Council Joins Broad Coalition Urging Congressional Leaders to Reinstate Virtual Care and Telehealth Benefits

By at 22 January, 2022, 1:16 pm

This vital policy expired December 31, 2021

SBE Council joined a broad coalition of employer and health care groups urging Congress to reinstate virtual care access that enabled employers and health plans to provide pre-deductible coverage for telehealth services for individuals with HDHP-HSAs. Letters urging this action were sent to key Committee leadership on January 14 and to Senate and House Leadership on January 22. As noted in the letter, bipartisan policy changes that were made at the beginning of the pandemic allowed 32 million Americans in the employer market with high-deductible health plans coupled with Health Savings Accounts (HDHP-HSAs) to receive telehealth benefits from their employer or health plan pre-deductible. This flexibility expired on December 31, 2021.

As the group’s expressed in the letter, while this flexibility has expired, the need for access to virtual health has not gone away:

“As the pandemic continues, particularly in light of the surge in cases due to the Delta and Omicron variants, individuals need continued access to these vital services. We strongly encourage you to reinstate this important provision as soon as possible to ensure Americans can access the telehealth coverage and virtual care they need.”

 

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