May 19, 2021

Cortez Masto, Daines Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Make Pandemic-Driven Expanded Telehealth Access Permanent

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) introduced a bill today with U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-Mont.) that would make pandemic-driven expanded access to telehealth services permanent. The Telehealth Expansion Act of 2021 would allow first-dollar coverage of virtual care under high-deductible health plans (HDHPs) so that every American has access to telehealth services without the burden of first meeting a deductible.

“The pandemic has taken a huge toll on our communities, including our children, and I want to improve access to quality health care for all Nevadans to help us recover,” said Senator Cortez Masto. “This bipartisan legislation will make it easier for families with high deductible health plans to get telehealth appointments, including for mental and behavioral health care. I’ll continue to work in the Senate to make care more accessible to working families.”

“I believe we need to make expanded access to telehealth permanent for Montanans and all Americans, especially in rural areas – not cut access back once we’re post pandemic,” Senator Daines said.

The full text of the bill can be found HERE.