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Loosen Telehealth Restrictions, Employers Urge Congress (1)

April 15, 2021, 10:01 AMUpdated: April 15, 2021, 7:30 PM

Congress should allow medical providers to offer telehealth services across state lines and allow those services to be covered without requiring that annual deductibles be met, a group representing large employers told a congressional subcommittee Thursday.

“Too often patients lack access to the providers they need; not enough low-cost, in-network doctors available, unacceptable wait times, gaps in information about quality and efficacy,” James Gelfand, senior vice president of health policy for the ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC), testified to a subcommittee of the House Committee on Education and Labor. ERIC represents large employers that provide health, retirement, and other benefits. “Covid ...