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Alaska telehealth bill would work on the ban of COVID-19 vaccine requirements

The state senate passed legislation, would expand the access to telemedicine while disallowing businesses, local government, state agencies to mandate Covid vaccination access in public places.

A bill has advanced out of the Senate of Alaska this past week. It would expand access to telehealth throughout the state. But it would also work to prohibit their businesses, state agencies, and local government from the requirement of covid vaccination access in public areas.

The state House of Representatives has given votes to send this telehealth bill back to the House Rules Committee. This revised telehealth bill is also about to get approval from the Senate.

The original bill will only concern the covid related temporary changes to telehealth. It will also focus on the background checking of policies.

But senators then introduced three more amendments to this bill. These amendments aim to allow residents to avoid the requirement of vaccinations.

Gov. Mike Dunleavy introduced the telehealth-related portion of SN 3006. it would temporarily allow some clinicians to write prescriptions without conducting any in-person exam

The amount that a healthcare provider charges must be reasonable and consistent with the ordinary fees charged for the service. It may not be more than ordinary fees that they typically charge for the services.

The legislation would also allow the hospitals or nursing facilities to hire people without obtaining any background checks under two circumstances.

After these amendments, the bill advanced out of the Senate with 13 -3 votes. A few senators voted yes. They said that they believed the state House of Representatives would remove many vaccine-related elements before passing the bill.

The first amendment requires anyone who requires proof of Covid vaccination to accept a positive Covid or antibody test. The second amendment says the person can object to the covid vaccine administration on religious-philosophical or medical grounds.

The third one is bank business, local government, and state agency form requiring access to an area or service for covid vaccination, which is open to the public.

Many states have enacted changes to the laws of telemedicine during the pandemic. Some of them are relying on governors to make some rules to pass permanent policies. These laws aim to expand access to virtual care.