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Congress Urged to Make Certain Medicare Telehealth Access Permanent

Telehealth Access for America, an AHA-supported campaign to protect patient access to critical telehealth services, urged Congress to make permanent certain Medicare telehealth flexibilities granted during the COVID-19 public health emergency and extended through 2024 by the Consolidated Appropriations Act.

“This temporary extension was welcomed news for patients and providers alike, but remains just that – a temporary solution,” TAFA wrote. “According to a recent study, nearly three-in-four virtual care users want Congress to make current telehealth flexibilities permanent. The patients and organizations we represent need certainty that only Congress can provide. It is in the best interest of patients and providers nationwide that Congress make telehealth a permanent piece of the health care puzzle.”