Center for Connected Health Policy, October 2, 2018
Congress continues with legislation designed to combat the national opioid epidemic with the introduction of H.R. 6781, the Mental Health Telemedicine Expansion Act, sponsored by Rep. Suzan DelBane (D-WA). The bill was introduced mid-September, almost a week prior to the Senate passing of the comprehensive opioid package, H.R. 6. H.R. 6781 would amend the Social Security Act by removing Medicare originating site location requirements for mental health telehealth services. These requirements restrict telehealth originating sites to areas designated as rural health professional shortage areas, counties that are not included in a Metropolitan Statistical Area, and entities that participate in a Federal telemedicine demonstration project.