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Support the telehealth bill HB 1623 - Hearing this Thursday

June 02, 2020 2:06 PM | Anonymous

Urgent!

Please support the Amendment to HB 1623, allowing telehealth and telephone options for providers and reimbursement at in-office rates.  

They have made it incredibly easy to sign in and support the bill and the amendment - this will take you 3 minutes

Go to: - http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/senate/onlinemtgs/hhs/HHS_Notice_-_06-04-2020.pdf  

Click on the link in #1. You can put in your name and information then select "support not speaking" for both the bill and the amendment.

To submit your testimony to the committee, please send all documents via email to remotesenate@leg.state.nh.us. 

Please use the following talking points for letters of support:

  • Clinicians need to be reimbursed by private insurance for telehealth at the same rate as in-office. It is the same work, being done differently.
  • We must remove all barriers to substance use disorder treatment.
  • Mental health needs are more crucial now than ever before.
  • Telehealth is a necessary component to maintaining the mental and behavioral health needs of our NH residents, especially in the many rural areas where clients lack necessary transportation, and inclement weather makes it hard to travel to appointments. 

Remember to put your reasons for this request (number of clients, client needs & safety).

HB 1623 and the amendment to HB 1623 will be heard this Thursday at 8 am in the Senate Health & Human Services Committee   - http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/senate/onlinemtgs/hhs2.aspx

This bill and amendment would put into statute the language of Governor Sununu's Emergency Order #8 and allow reimbursement for clinicians to provide telehealth and telephone therapy at in-office rates.

Warmest Regards,

Suzanne L. Thistle, MA, MLADC

Chair, NHADACA Public Policy Committee

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