Columbus – Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D - Columbus) gave sponsor testimony today in the Ohio Senate Medicaid Committee on two bills that would remove barriers to healthcare improvements for Ohioans.  Senate Bill 32, The Telehealth Act, would require insurance companies and Medicaid to cover telehealth services in Ohio.  Under the proposal, telemedicine service is defined as a medical service that is delivered by a physician through the use of any communication, including oral, written, or electronic communication.
“I have and will continue to work with stakeholders and interested parties to ensure that we are expanding access, peer support and effective culturally proficient care to all Ohioans,” stated Senator Tavares. “This legislation will enable us to expand care while we continue to build our healthcare workforce in the coming months.”
Senator Tavares was the first legislator to introduce telehealth legislation in the State of Ohio in the 129th General Assembly. According to the American Telemedicine Association, 35 states (including Ohio) have introduced 100 telemedicine-related bills in the United States.
Senate Bill 72, also sponsored by Senator Tavares, would require Medicaid managed care organizations to follow Ohio’s existing prompt pay law. The state requires a claim to be paid or denied no later than 30 days of receipt and an additional 15 days are allowed if supporting documents are needed for the claim. This will ensure continued service to patients and that healthcare providers receive timely payments that are needed to maintain financial security.
“Providers who serve patients whose benefits are managed by a Medicaid managed care organization deserve assurance that they will be compensated for services in a prompt manner," stated Tavares. 


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