Make Expanded Telemedicine and Mental Health Coverage Permanent!

Make Expanded Telemedicine and Mental Health Coverage Permanent!

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Rose Metivier started this petition to Governor J.B. Pritzker and

Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, insurance providers routinely excluded tele-mental health options from plans or chose only to cover telehealth sessions on a proprietary platform with limited number of clinicians, paid absurdly lower rates, and limited capacity for people to access. Following the declaration of a global pandemic and resulting stay-at-home orders, people's mental health and lives were put at risk as they suddenly realized they were not covered or had no access to the therapist they had been working with. Governor Pritzker, astutely, addressed this in his Executive Order expanding telehealth coverage for mental health to all plans and across all platforms, allowing patients to continue with their providers and have ongoing access to support during a time of unprecedented global uncertainty. However, this is only temporary! As soon as restrictions are lifted BCBS and other insurers have every intention of going back to their status quo of limited/no coverage and exclusive platforms. The bottom line is that, despite any return to "normalcy", until there is a vaccine, only covering in-person sessions or limiting access to telehealth services will put both clinicians and patients at risk. Being forced to risk your health in order to maintain your health is not reasonable! We ask legislators and insurance companies to commit NOW to making expanded telemental health coverage permanent! Telehealth/mental health services included standard in ALL plans, reimbursed at the same rates, and allowing in-network providers to utilize other HIPAA compliant platforms. Telehealth parity and permanent telemental health coverage now!

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