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No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
No fiscal implication to units of local government is anticipated.
The bill would add Chapter 1459 to the Insurance Code titled Fair Access to Telephone Consultations.
The bill would prohibit an employee benefit plan or a health benefit plan from:
The bill would prohibit nondiscrimination in telephone consultation services from being construed as:
The purpose of the legislation is to forbid an employee
benefit plan or a health benefit plan from prohibiting physicians from
receiving reimbursement for telephone consultations if the plan allows another
person to charge or receive payment for telephone consultations with a covered
We support telemedicine, but not government mandates. Addressing payment parity for telephone consultations should be resolved within the private sector rather than being mandated by the government. Creating new state mandates on private enterprise abridges our limited government and free market principles. Therefore, we oppose HB 2348.