Telehealth insurance bill amended, advanced

Lawmakers gave second-round approval April 3 to a bill that would prohibit insurance providers from excluding coverage for a service based solely on its deliverance through telehealth.

<a href='http://news.legislature.ne.gov/dist24' target='_blank' title='Link to the website of Sen. Mark Kolterman'>Sen. Mark Kolterman</a>
Sen. Mark Kolterman

LB92, sponsored by Seward Sen. Mark Kolterman, would require health insurance companies to cover any service provided via telehealth if the service is covered for an in-person consultation. The bill would not apply to policies that provide coverage for a specified disease or other limited-benefit coverage.

Ralston Sen. Merv Riepe offered an amendment, adopted 37-0, which added provisions from his LB282 that would remove a Medicaid coverage restriction for children if a child has access to services within 30 miles of his or her place of residence.

Following the 30-0 adoption of a technical amendment, LB92 was advanced to final reading by voice vote.

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