Telehealth services will soon be expanded across the state thanks to legislation co-sponsored by State Senator Sue Rezin (R-Morris).
“When the COVID-19 pandemic was at its worst and in-person access to our medical health providers was limited, all of us learned the important role that telehealth services could play in our health care system,” said Sen. Rezin. “Increasing access to those services for all Illinoisans will improve our entire state’s health care system.”
House Bill 3308 prevents insurers from requiring a patient to attend an in-person visit before receiving telehealth services. For patients that prefer an in-person visit, the legislation also prohibits insurers from requiring patients to see a healthcare provider virtually. Additionally, the legislation prevents an insurer from mandating that physicians offer telehealth services.
“Telehealth has been a critical health care tool for Illinoisans throughout this pandemic,” said Sen. Rezin. “This legislation will ensure that they have the option to continue to use those services without having to worry about their insurance plan.”
House Bill 3308 unanimously passed out of the General Assembly, and was signed into law by the governor on July 22. The law is effective immediately.