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Telehealth Advocacy

June 14, 2023
The AAAAI wrote to Senators Joe Manchin III (D-WV), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Jerry Moran (R-KS) in support of their reintroduction of S.1636, the Protecting Rural Telehealth Access Act. The legislation would provide payment-parity for audio-only health services for clinically appropriate appointments and waive permanently certain geographic restrictions on telehealth services and expand originating sites to include the home and other sites. The AAAAI also wrote to Representative Chris Pappas (D-NH) and Lisa McClain (R-MI) in support of their reintroduction of H.R. 3440, the Protecting Rural Telehealth Access Act, companion legislation to S. 1636.

June 6, 2023
The AAAAI and others urged Representatives Smith (R-NJ) and Neal (D-MA) to bring forward the Telehealth Expansion Act of 2023 (H.R. 1843/S. 1001) for full House of Representatives consideration.

The Telehealth Expansion Act of 2023 is a bipartisan, bicameral bill that would ensure telehealth flexibility becomes permanent beyond the 2024 extension. Read the letter.

September 13, 2022
The AAAAI has joined more than 350 additional stakeholder organizations through the Regulatory Relief Coalition in a letter asking Senate leadership to support the expansion of telehealth flexibilities in an effort similar to a bill passed by the House this summer.  We will continue to keep you up to date on our outreach on this important issue. 

September 1, 2022
AAAAI continues to support extending telehealth provisions

On September 1, the AAAAI sent a letter to Senate leadership urging passage of a similar bill to the House’s Advancing Telehealth Beyond COVID-19 Act (H.R. 4040) to keep telehealth flexibilities put in place during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) through 2024. The Department of Health and Human Services is expected to extend the PHE for an additional 90 days, which will allow the federal government to continue to extend these telehealth flexibilities. 

February 3, 2022
AAAAI working to extend telehealth access

The AAAAI is one of a range of physician, patient, and public health organizations calling on Congress specifically to immediately reinstate access to telehealth benefits available for patients covered by high-deductible health plans coupled with Health Savings Accounts (HDHP-HSAs). The AAAAI also joined as one of 336 business and healthcare groups in a broad call to make the pandemic telehealth provisions permanent.

June 15, 2021
Protecting Rural Telehealth Access Act an important bill for rural and underserved patient access
The AAAAI has sent a letter to Senators Manchin, Ernst, Shaheen, and Moran in support of the Protecting Rural Telehealth Access Act (S. 1988) which was introduced last week. The bipartisan legislation would ensure rural and underserved community healthcare providers are able to continue offering telehealth services, including the ability to offer audio-only telehealth appointments, after the current public health emergency ends. S. 1988 would also permanently waive the geographic restriction allowing patients to be treated from their home.

May 20, 2021
The AAAAI has sent a letter of support to Senate sponsors of the CONNECT, highlighting our support for making telehealth expansions created for the COVID-19 pandemic permanent, expanding Medicare coverage, and additional provisions that have improved telehealth capacities and expanded patient care opportunities for allergist / immunologists, particularly for vulnerable patients.