CMS Administrator: Telehealth Flexibilities Greatly Expanded Access, but up to Congress to Extend

Posted March 15, 2023

The telehealth flexibilities allowed during the Covid-19 public health emergency greatly expanded access to healthcare services. But after the public health emergency ends, it’s ultimately up to Congress to further extend these flexibilities, said CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure.

“Telehealth has been incredible for many of the underserved populations, and honestly for non-underserved populations as well. … We want to make sure that people are able to get the care that they need and so there are certain settings where telehealth is appropriate,” Brooks-LaSure stated. “We also want to make sure that people can get in to see a doctor if they need to. That’s really been our focus of extending where we can. … But we need more authority from Congress to make any of the other flexibilities last longer than they’re currently lasting.”

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