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Upton, Kennedy: CMS urging states to cover telemedicine services during coronavirus outbreak

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Washington, March 19, 2020 | Josh Paciorek (202-313-2643) | comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Reps. Fred Upton, R-MI, and Joe Kennedy, D-MA, today commended the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for encouraging states to cover all telemedicine services and work with them to expand their capability to do so during the COVID-19 outbreak.

On Tuesday, CMS issued a “Medicaid state plan fee-for-service payments for services delivered via telehealth” guidance after Upton and Kennedy penned a bipartisan letter earlier this month asking CMS to ensure states had the resources and capability to have Medicaid and CHIP recipients receive telemedicine services.

“Ensuring all Americans, particularly low-income patients, have access to telemedicine services is absolutely critical in our efforts to contain this pandemic,” the members said. “To protect the health and safety of all citizens from Massachusetts to Michigan and every corner of this nation, we need to utilize every tool at our disposal. Together, we will continue to fight to leverage modern medical technology to guarantee none of the 71 million Americans covered by Medicaid and CHIP are denied telehealth care.”

The full letter Kennedy and Upton sent on March 6 is available here.

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