Cuomo announces proposal to expand, modernize telehealth access

Gov. Andrew Cuomo Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Updated: January 10, 2021 12:56 PM
Created: January 10, 2021 11:15 AM

ALBANY, N.Y. (WHEC) - Governor Andrew Cuomo announced legislation to expand and improve access to telehealth for all as part of the 2021 State of the State. 

This new legislation would modernize and address issues like adjusting reimbursement incentives to encourage telehealth, eliminating outdated regulatory prohibitions on the delivery of telehealth, removing outdated location requirements, addressing technical unease among both patients and providers through training programs, and establishing other programs to incentivize the uses of telehealth. 

"While New York State has been on the cutting edge of promoting telehealth for its residents, the adoption of telehealth by both patients and providers has been slow," Governor Cuomo said. "COVID-19 has changed not only the way we live, but the way healthcare providers support their patients, especially in regard to mental health. New Yorkers have adapted throughout 2020, but it is time to push telehealth to the next level in New York State and fully integrate it into our existing healthcare system. These proposals will better allocate our healthcare and technological resources for the 21st century." 

Cuomo also proposes to expand access to physical health, mental health, and substance use disorder services to underserved and rural communities across New York State. 

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