Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik sent a letter to House Leadership with a group of her bipartisan colleagues urging them to extend the Center for Medicare and Medicaid’s emergency telehealth waiver program for at least 22 months.
Under this waiver, Medicare can pay for office, hospital, and other visits furnished via telehealth across the country and including in patient’s homes. A range of providers, such as doctors, nurse practitioners, clinical psychologists, and licensed clinical social workers, are able to offer telehealth to their patients.
“Throughout this public health crisis, many patients have been able to utilize telehealth services through this waiver provided by CMS, so that non-COVID-19 related health issues do not go untreated,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “This has been critical for North Country families, and seniors in particular, who have been staying home in order to avoid exposure to the virus. I urge House Leadership to extend the emergency telehealth waiver program so that our most vulnerable can continue to use this resource while staying safely away from potential exposure. I am hopeful that Leadership will consider this bipartisan proposal as soon as possible.”
Find a copy of the letter here.