House File 2305 - Reprinted HOUSE FILE 2305 BY COMMITTEE ON COMMERCE (SUCCESSOR TO HSB 572) (As Amended and Passed by the House February 26, 2018 ) A BILL FOR An Act relating to insurance coverage for health care services 1 delivered by telehealth, and including applicability 2 provisions. 3 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: 4 HF 2305 (3) 87 ko/rj/md
H.F. 2305 Section 1. NEW SECTION . 514C.32 Health care services 1 delivered by telehealth —— coverage. 2 1. As used in this section, unless the context otherwise 3 requires: 4 a. “Health care professional” means the same as defined in 5 section 514J.102. 6 b. “Health care services” means the same as defined in 7 section 514J.102 and includes services for mental health 8 conditions, illnesses, injuries, or diseases. 9 c. “Telehealth” means the delivery of health care services 10 through the use of interactive audio and video. “Telehealth” 11 does not include the delivery of health care services through 12 an audio-only telephone, electronic mail message, or facsimile 13 transmission. 14 2. Notwithstanding the uniformity of treatment requirements 15 of section 514C.6, a policy, contract, or plan providing for 16 third-party payment or prepayment of health or medical expenses 17 shall not discriminate between coverage benefits for health 18 care services that are provided in person and the same health 19 care services that are delivered through telehealth. 20 3. Health care services that are delivered by telehealth 21 must be appropriate and delivered in accordance with applicable 22 law and generally accepted health care practices and standards 23 prevailing at the time the health care services are provided, 24 including all rules adopted by the appropriate professional 25 licensing board, pursuant to chapter 147, having oversight 26 of the health care professional providing the health care 27 services. 28 4. This section applies to the following classes of 29 third-party payment provider policies, contracts, or plans 30 delivered, issued for delivery, continued, or renewed in this 31 state on or after January 1, 2019: 32 a. Individual or group accident and sickness insurance 33 providing coverage on an expense-incurred basis. 34 b. An individual or group hospital or medical service 35 -1- HF 2305 (3) 87 ko/rj/md 1/ 2
H.F. 2305 contract issued pursuant to chapter 509, 514, or 514A. 1 c. An individual or group health maintenance organization 2 contract regulated under chapter 514B. 3 d. A plan established pursuant to chapter 509A for public 4 employees. 5 5. This section shall not apply to accident-only, 6 specified disease, short-term hospital or medical, hospital 7 confinement indemnity, credit, dental, vision, Medicare 8 supplement, long-term care, basic hospital and medical-surgical 9 expense coverage as defined by the commissioner, disability 10 income insurance coverage, coverage issued as a supplement 11 to liability insurance, workers’ compensation or similar 12 insurance, or automobile medical payment insurance. 13 6. The commissioner of insurance may adopt rules pursuant to 14 chapter 17A as necessary to administer this section. 15 -2- HF 2305 (3) 87 ko/rj/md 2/ 2