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June 24, 2020
LANSING, Mich. — Today, Governor Whitmer signed House Bills
5412-5416, which increase access to health care for Michiganders through
telemedicine and remote patient monitoring services. The governor also
signed Senate Bill 940 into law.
“I was pleased to sign bills today that will increase access to
healthcare in Michigan by ensuring that telemedicine and remote patient
monitoring services will be covered by insurers and by Medicaid,” said *Governor
Whitmer *in her signing letter to the Legislature. “These bills codify
significant pieces of Executive Order 2020-86, which broadly expanded
access to telemedicine as part of Michigan’s emergency response to the
COVID-19 pandemic. Nevertheless, the virtues of telemedicine are not unique
to this moment, so Michiganders will benefit from reduced costs, increased
accessibility, and lower transmission rates of infectious diseases at the
doctor’s office for years to come.”
*House Bills 5412, 5413, 5414, 5415, and 5416* make up a bill package
designed to facilitate remote provision of healthcare services. The bills
require health insurance companies and group/non-group healthcare services
to cover telemedicine visits without requiring in-person visits. The bill
package was sponsored by Representative Hank Vaupel, R-Howell (HB 5412),
Representative Doug Wozniak, R-Shelby Twp. (HB 5413), Representative Phil
Green, R-Huron Twp. (HB 5414), Representative Frank Liberati, D-Allen Park
(HB 5415), and Representative Mary Whiteford, R-Allegan (HB 5416)
*Senate Bill 940* delays the principal residence exemption application
deadline under certain circumstances related to the COVID state of
emergency. The bill was sponsored by Senator Roger Victory, R-Grand Haven.
March 12, 2020
LANSING, Mich. — Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced that her administration will expand access to telemedicine for Michiganders by immediately allowing Medicaid beneficiaries to receive services in their home while the state combats the spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). In addition, insurance plans like Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Blue Care Network of Michigan, Priority Health, Meridian, CVS Health, McLaren, and Health Alliance Plan also announced that they will cover and encourage the use of virtual care and telemedicine, as well as waive cost-sharing for COVID-19 testing.
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