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COVID-19 has amplified the value of telehealth, which is now a lifeline for many immunocompromised and chronic disease patients across the country. As the pandemic slows and vaccine distribution accelerates, it’s important that we continue to use telehealth to increase access to care nationwide and pave the way for the next generation of affordable health care opportunities.

Telehealth options and accessibility varies from state to state, and insurance plan to insurance plan, but at its core, telehealth is the use of digital information and communication technologies, to access health care services remotely.

Here are just a few examples of how the powerful tool of telehealth can improve our health care system.

Unfortunately, one of the biggest barriers to telehealth is cost. Because of the recent rise in demand for telehealth options, telehealth coverage varies between insurance providers. Some only cover telehealth visits related to COVID-19, while others have expanded coverage to other types of visits as well.

In order to increase access to telehealth nationwide, we must support legislation that lowers costs, provides telehealth services and increases research and innovation in states everywhere.

There are several ways to join the telehealth conversation, but check out some key congressional telehealth bills below:

Want to help increase access to care across the nation and support the use of telehealth in insurance and health care plans everywhere? Join the fight for chronic rights and send a letter to your congressperson on the importance of modernizing telehealth today.