Under an emergency order from Governor Steve
Bullock, Medicaid and all Montana private health insurance carriers must
now reimburse health care providers for telemedicine services at the same rate
as in-person care. This will allow more Montanans to access health care in
their own homes.
Gov. Bullock’s decision to
expand telemedicine services will reduce the burden
on Montana’s health care system, improve access to care, and allow
people to quarantine themselves with health care options. Critically, it
helps solve rural health care problems, connecting doctors anywhere in the
world to rural Montana patients.
Montana still has barriers that prevent health care workers from responding
most effectively to this unprecedented situation. Current Certificate-of-Need
regulations prevents health care entrepreneurs and business from offering
home-health care services, unless they first “prove the need” for those
services. Using his authority during a state of emergency, Governor Bullock
should lift these regulations that limit our ability to combat COVID-19.
Thank Gov. Bullock for this critical move
during the COVID-19 health crisis. And encourage him to continue to back
measures that give Montanans greater health care access
and more options.