State lawmakers who work on insurance issues are talking about how states should regulate insurance reimbursement for medical services provided over the telephone, or through a computer.

New York state Assemblyman Kevin Cahill recently said that the National Conference of Insurance Legislators should consider setting separate rules for at least three major categories of telemedicine services:

  • Telemedicine for remote, underserved areas;
  • Efforts to give patients easier access to highly regarded health care providers; and
  • Telemedicine clinics that can help patients with everyday health problems.

The New Paltz, New York, Democrat is the chairman of the NCOIL Health, Long-Term Care and Retirement Committee.

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Allison Bell

Allison Bell, ThinkAdvisor's insurance editor, previously was LifeHealthPro's health insurance editor. She has a bachelor's degree in economics from Washington University in St. Louis and a master's degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter at @Think_Allison.