The Alaska Collaborative for Telemedicine and Telehealth (AKCTT) is writing this letter in support of HB 29, “Insurance Coverage for Telehealth”. We are a statewide, non-profit, nonpartisan forum committed to facilitating the advancement of telehealth throughout Alaska.
AKCTT supports efforts to improve access to timely, appropriate, essential and effective services in our local communities. Requiring insurance payment for telemedicine increases service options and aids in improving health outcomes for many Alaskans.
Further, AKCTT is in support of payment parity for services provided via telemedicine. Ensuring payment equity to services provided in a face-to-face modality inspires providers to invest in the technology, staff and training necessary to provide telehealth services.
Additionally, AKCTT is in support of insurance coverage for all healthcare services that may be provided via telemedicine commensurate with current professional standards. This includes services provided in Alaska that do not require licensure. For example, Substance Use Treatment Clinics operate under a Program Approval issued by the Department of Health & Social Services. While some of the practitioners working in these agencies are licensed, substance counselors and other practitioners operate under other credentials.