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STATEMENT: MSMS and Michigan Physicians Support New Telehealth Parity Legislation

STATEMENT: MSMS and Michigan Physicians Support New Telehealth Parity Legislation

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

The following is a public statement from Pino D. Colone, MD, president of the Michigan State Medical Society, in response to the introduction of House Bill 5651, legislation requiring insurers to cover and reimburse telehealth services the same as if the services were provided in-person. 


“The introduction of HB 5651 is an important first step towards ensuring Michigan’s patients continue to enjoy access to the telehealth services that have proven to be so crucial during this pandemic.

“One advancement we’ve seen during the COVID-19 pandemic has been the emergence and widespread embracing of telemedicine. Over the past several months, telehealth has proven to be a safe, effective, and efficient care delivery method, especially for those living in underserved communities.

“It’s time Michigan joins the 22 other states across the country that have enacted payment and coverage parity legislation, ensuring telehealth service remain a viable option for patients and providers alike throughout the state.”