Texas Governor Greg Abbott said he wants to permanently expand access to telemedicine services that have surged during the COVID-19 pandemic. In March, Abbott lifted certain regulations on the types of health care services that can be offered over the phone or through video calls. He also issued an emergency rule to compensate health care providers for telemedicine visits at the same rate as an in-person visit.
In this week’s State of the State address, he urged the Texas legislature to pass new laws to require full coverage of telemedicine services for state-regulated plans, like those obtained through the Affordable Care Act marketplace, and Medicaid. “We should seize the opportunity this session to permanently expand telemedicine so that every Texan in every region of the state can benefit,” Abbott said