Society Letters

Telehealth Reform Sign-on Letter

July 26, 2021

Dear Congressional Leaders:
"Thank you for your leadership in expanding access to telehealth during the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE). Driven by swift action from Congress, the flexibilities enabled under the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020 and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act have allowed clinicians across the country to scale delivery and provide all Americans -- many for the first time -- access to high-quality virtual care. In response, health care organizations across the nation have dramatically transformed and made significant investments in new technologies and care delivery models, not only to meet COVID driven patient demand, but to prepare for America’s future health care needs.

Unfortunately, this progress is in jeopardy. Many of the telehealth flexibilities are temporary and limited to the duration of the COVID-19 public health emergency. Without action from Congress, Medicare beneficiaries will abruptly lose access to nearly all recently expanded coverage of telehealth when the COVID-19 PHE ends. This would have a chilling effect on access to care across the entire U.S. health care system, including on patients that have established relationships with providers virtually, with potentially dire consequences for their health."

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