A bipartisan bill that would make telehealth services a core benefit in Medicare Advantage plans drew broad support from lawmakers on its way to unanimously passing through the House Committee on Ways and Means.
H.R. 3727 (PDF), introduced by four representatives on Monday, easily passed through a committee markup on Wednesday. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle commended the legislation that would require Medicare Advantage plans to include telehealth services as a base benefit beginning in 2020. Currently, insurers can offer telemedicine as an add-on benefit that is paid for through rebates or additional premiums.