Telemedicine on phone AssemblyBill 744, "updates telehealth definitions and contracting law toensure people have access to health care regardless of where theylive." (Photo: Shutterstock)

In a move that could expand telehealth access to all Californiaresidents, a bill that's already made it through the legislaturewould compel health plans to reimburse providers equally for visitsthat would achieve the same results whether conducted in person orvia video conferencing.

According to Government Technology, the bill just awaits thesignature of Governor Gavin Newsom; his decision is expected byOctober 13.

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Marlene Satter

Marlene Y. Satter has worked in and written about the financial industry for decades.