Wednesday, March 03, 2010

And an Old Dominion Mandate Update, As Well

It seems that the folks in Virginia are embracing "the tech:"

"By a unanimous vote, the Virginia State Legislature yesterday approved SB 675 mandating that health insurers pay for telemedicine services."

Currently, health insurance plans aren't required to cover these kinds of services, even though they may well reduce the cost of health care delivery. It's also a convenience for consumers, since it means one less trip to the doc (and perhaps one less co-pay). While I'm generally not a fan of benefits mandates, this one seems pretty benign and, unlike most (all?) others, could actually reduce health care costs.

This brings to an even dozen the number of states which have adopted this kind of coverage mandate.

Kind of adds a whole new dimension to "take two aspirin and call me in the morning."

[Hat Tip: Alice Watland]
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