ERIC Asks For Pay Parity Change in Connecticut Telehealth Legislation

For Immediate Release

Washington, DC – The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) has asked the Connecticut General Assembly Joint Committee on Public Health to eliminate provisions in House Bill 5299 that would artificially inflate the cost of telemedicine by imposing government requirements on reimbursement rates.

In written testimony submitted to the Committee, ERIC states reimbursement rates should be negotiated between providers and insurers, not mandated by the government. It argues that payment parity in telemedicine is not necessary because it allows specialists to stay in one location and focus on treating patients rather than on travel time, saves practitioners money on overhead costs, and reduces lost revenue when patients miss appointments.

“Telemedicine is not only convenient, but it also has tremendous cost savings potential, so it is illogical to require that it cost the same as traditional in-house care.” said Adam Greathouse, Senior Health Policy Associate, ERIC. “ERIC is hopeful that the Committee will make the requested change.”

In its comments, ERIC states if the change in parity language is not made, it will oppose the legislation.

Click here to read ERIC’s testimony.

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All media inquiries to The ERISA Industry Committee should be directed to:

Kelly Broadway, 202.627.1918, kbroadway@eric.org

About the ERISA Industry Committee
ERIC is a national advocacy organization that exclusively represents large employers that provide health, retirement, paid leave, and other benefits to their nationwide workforces. With member companies that are leaders in every sector of the economy, ERIC advocates on the federal, state, and local levels for policies that promote flexibility and uniformity in the administration of their employee benefit plans.