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2012 House Bill 5408: Require insurers reimburse “telemedicine” claims

Public Act 214 of 2012

Introduced by Rep. Gail Haines (R) on February 16, 2012 To prohibit Blue Cross Blue Shield from denying health insurance reimbursements for covered diagnoses, care and education that is provided via “telemedicine” rather than through face-to-face contact.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Health Policy Committee on February 16, 2012
Reported in the House on March 8, 2012 With the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Substitute offered in the House on March 22, 2012
The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on March 22, 2012
Passed 109 to 0 in the House on March 27, 2012 To prohibit Blue Cross Blue Shield from denying health insurance reimbursements for covered diagnoses, care and education that "appropriately provided" via “telemedicine” rather than through face-to-face contact. The insurer would have discretion in determining whether an example is "appropriate".
Received in the Senate on March 28, 2012
Referred to the Senate Insurance Committee on March 28, 2012
Reported in the Senate on April 25, 2012 With the recommendation that the bill pass.
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on June 5, 2012
Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on June 25, 2012

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