Senate Bill 2741
116th Congress(2019-2020)
CONNECT for Health Act of 2019
Introduced
Introduced
Introduced in Senate on Oct 30, 2019
Overview
Text
Introduced
Oct 30, 2019
Latest Action
Oct 30, 2019
Origin Chamber
Senate
Type
Bill
Bill
The primary form of legislative measure used to propose law. Depending on the chamber of origin, bills begin with a designation of either H.R. or S. Joint resolution is another form of legislative measure used to propose law.
Bill Number
2741
Congress
116
Policy Area
Health
Health
Primary focus of measure is science or practice of the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease; health services administration and funding, including such programs as Medicare and Medicaid; health personnel and medical education; drug use and safety; health care coverage and insurance; health facilities. Measures concerning controlled substances and drug trafficking may fall under Crime and Law Enforcement policy area.
Sponsorship by Party
Hawaii
Minnesota
Arkansas
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
Delaware
Alabama
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maryland
Massachusetts
Minnesota
Mississippi
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
New Hampshire
New Hampshire
New Mexico
North Carolina
North Dakota
Oklahoma
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Carolina
South Dakota
South Dakota
Virginia
Virginia
No Senate votes have been held for this bill.
Summary

Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies for Health Act of 2019 or the CONNECT for Health Act of 2019

This bill expands coverage of telehealth services under Medicare.

Among other things, the bill

  • allows the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to waive certain restrictions, such as geographic restrictions, for services provided in high-need health professional shortage areas;
  • excludes mental health and emergency medical services, as well as services provided at rural health clinics, federally qualified health centers, and Indian Health Service facilities, from such geographic restrictions; and
  • allows the CMS to generally waive coverage restrictions during national emergencies.

Additionally, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission must report on information relating to the access of Medicare beneficiaries to telehealth services at home. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation may also test alternative payment models relating to expanded telehealth services.

Text (1)
October 30, 2019
Actions (2)
10/30/2019
Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance.
10/30/2019
Introduced in Senate
Public Record
Created
Oct 31, 2019 4:42:31 AM
Updated
Jun 11, 2021 10:01:02 PM