Illinois’ proposed telehealth law applies to the medical procedures covered by workplace-based health care insurance and insurers, not Medicaid. As approved by the General Assembly, HB 3308 gives health insurers the tools and legal standing to negotiate future contracts with medical care providers and employers. Under these future contracts, some of the contacts between a doctor or other health care providers on the one hand, and a patient on the other, can be done over a video screen.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, some of these contacts were successfully completed by video conferencing throughout Illinois. Patients were happy to know that they were getting professional medical care and advice from home without putting themselves in potential harm’s way. HB 3308 will make this telehealth care pathway permanent in Illinois. HB 3308 was approved by the House by a vote of 118-0-0 and sent to the Governor for final action.