Doctor looking at x-ray through phone screen Last fall, a coalition of leading patient groups hailed the expansion of telehealth, noting the technology "can and should be used to increase patient access to care."

As the covid crisis wanes and life approaches normal across the U.S., health industry leaders and many patient advocates are pushing Congress and the Biden administration to preserve the pandemic-fueled expansion of telehealth that has transformed how millions of Americans see the doctor.

The broad effort reaches across the nation's diverse health care system, bringing together consumer groups with health insurers, state Medicaid officials, physician organizations and telehealth vendors.

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