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  • NJ A1457
  • Provides for Medicaid and NJ FamilyCare coverage and reimbursement for health care services provided through telemedicine.
Introduced
(1/27/2016)
In Committee
(1/27/2016)
Crossed OverPassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill provides that, unless specifically prohibited or limited by federal or State law or deemed to be clinically inappropriate, in-person contact between a health care provider and a patient is not required for health care services delivered by telemedicine as a condition of provider reimbursement under the Medicaid or NJ FamilyCare program, if the services otherwise would be eligible for reimbursement. The bill defines "telemedicine" as the use of interactive audio, video, or other telecommunications or electronic technology by a licensed health care provider to deliver a health care service at a site other than the site at which the patient is located. Telemedicine does not include audio-only telephone, electronic mail, or facsimile transmission. To obtain the federal approval, the Commissioner of Human Services, in consultation with the Commissioner of Children and Families, is to apply for such State plan amendments or waivers as may be necessary to implement the provisions of the bill and to secure federal financial participation for State Medicaid expenditures under the federal Medicaid program. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, New Jersey is one of only seven states that do not provide Medicaid reimbursements for services provided by telemedicine. It is intended that Medicaid and NJ FamilyCare coverage and reimbursement for telemedicine will reduce wait times, improve access to health care services, and attract more health care professionals to practice in the State.
Health and Senior Services
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee  (on 1/27/2016)
 
 

Date Chamber Action Description
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
None specified