Bloomberg Law
April 21, 2021, 8:24 PM

Employers Demand Eased Telehealth Rules, Lower Covid Test Costs

Sara Hansard
Sara Hansard

The Biden administration should take steps to boost access to telemedicine, reduce costs for out-of-network Covid-19 testing, and increase vaccine availability to help get employees back to work, a group of large employers urged.

The ERISA Industry Committee called on the Department of Labor, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of the Treasury, and the Internal Revenue Service to provide immediate Covid-19 relief to employees, including by permanently loosening telehealth restrictions and protecting the workforce from high medical costs.

The government temporarily relaxed telemedicine regulations during the pandemic, and visits to health-care providers using computers or telephones ...