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ATA urges Biden for the protection of telehealth coverage

The organization has said that doing this will let the patients continue with the care access while offering Congress the time to work on permanent policies.

The American Telemedicine Association has recently issued a letter to the US Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra. It had urged to extend the public health emergency regarding COVID-19 and to safeguard the telehealth coverage.

The organization further notes that the expanded coverage of telehealth is dependent on the flexibility under the PHE.

Patients and providers better know the telehealth cliff is coming up with the need for PHE if Congress fails to act on time. However, a notable amount of uncertainty is surrounding the questions of when PHE will expire.

The organization recognized that there are many unknowns relating to the trajectory of the pandemic. They are imploring Becerra to offer predictability and certainty to ensure proper warning before the patients get pushed to the cliff.

The flexibility that HHS has implemented has triggered much uptick in the use of virtual care. Since the start of the pandemic, advocates with ATA have worked to persuade Congress to make some flexibility permanent.

Without any action from Congress, Medicare beneficiaries will lose their access to all coverage of telehealth. This would cause a devastating effect on the access to care across the healthcare system of the USA.

The AAT further argued that an extension of PHE would give Congress the time to work on permanent policies. ATA supports any kind of effort from the Department to indicate this expected duration of Covid.

This type of certainty will take into account much federal flexibility and improved resources that are trying to PHE declaration. The letter also stated that the recent move would continue to be eligible for the coverage to ensure telehealth services.

In federal policymaking, many states have taken some of the expansion to telehealth into account. During the pandemic, plenty of states have changed their telemedicine policy with varying degrees of expansion. However, this may not be permanent after the end of the pandemic.