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Bill Requires Pay for Telemedicine

The move to boost medical manpower through telemedicine in Florida is getting a lot more attention, with a hearing set for December for the state medical boards and now a bill filed to require insurers to pay for it.

HB 167  by state Rep. Mia Jones, D-Jacksonville, would prohibit insurers from requiring face-to-face visits between doctors and patients in order to have it covered, the Florida Current reports. It has some Republican support.

A similar bill, SB 70, has been introduced in the Senate by state Sen. Arthenia Joyner, D-Tampa.

Twenty-one states have telemedicine statutes, and the Florida Medical Association has indicated it will push for passage in this state.