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2020 House Bill 5412: Revise detail of limited “telemedicine” law

Public Act 97 of 2020

Introduced by Rep. Hank Vaupel (R) on January 28, 2020
To revise the definition of “telemedicine” in the state insurance code, by replacing a requirement that a patient be able to interact with an off-site health care professional at the time the services are provided, with a provision allowing “store and forward” online messaging (see House Bill 5415). Michigan’s extensive medical licensure and regulatory regimes for the most part restricts this means of getting care, primarily by limiting what actions providers in other states may take without a Michigan license.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Health Policy Committee on January 28, 2020
Reported in the House on March 5, 2020
Refer to the Committee on Ways and Means with the recommendation that the substitute (H-2) be adopted.
Referred to the House Ways and Means Committee on March 5, 2020
Reported in the House on May 7, 2020
With the recommendation that the substitute (H-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Passed 105 to 0 in the House on May 13, 2020.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
To revise the definition of “telemedicine” in the state insurance code, by replacing a requirement that a patient be able to interact in real time with the off-site health care professional at the time the services are provided, with a provision requiring that the health care professional "must be able to examine the patient via a HIPAA-compliant, secure interactive audio or video, or both, telecommunications system, or through the use of store and forward online messaging." House Bills 5413 to 5416 amend other laws to make similar changes in Medicaid and related social welfare programs, and also remove current restrictions that prohibit getting telemedicine services at home.
Received in the Senate on May 19, 2020
Referred to the Senate Health Policy and Human Services Committee on May 19, 2020
Reported in the Senate on June 9, 2020
With the recommendation that the bill pass.
Signed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on June 24, 2020

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