March 28, 2023 – Reps. Steel (R-CA), Lee (D-NV), Smith (R-NE), and Schneider (D-IL), along with Senators Daines (R-MT) and Cortez Masto (D-NV), reintroduced their bill to permanently extend the safe harbor for first-dollar coverage for telehealth services for those with HSA-eligible HDHPs. The new bill numbers for the Telehealth Expansion Act are H.R. 1843 and S. 1001. Here is a press release from Rep. Steel, along with a second release that highlights industry support, including a quote from PAVC:
The Partnership to Advance Virtual Care strongly supports efforts to permanently extend the safe harbor allowing for first-dollar coverage of telehealth services for those with HSA-eligible HDHPs. We are grateful to Congress for extending this pandemic-era flexibility for two years, through December 31, 2024, so that patients do not lose access to important primary care and behavioral health services through telehealth. By reintroducing the Telehealth Expansion Act, Rep. Steel and other congressional supporters are working to ensure that these telehealth services are permanently accessible to patients with HSA-eligible HDHPs.” – Rachel Stauffer, Executive Director of the Partnership to Advance Virtual Care.