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ALERT: TDI Emergency Rule Expires Saturday

Thursday, September 10, 2020  
Posted by: Jessica Magee
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TDI’s emergency rule requiring state-regulated insurance plans to cover services provided through telehealth expires Saturday, September 12, 2020. By law, it cannot be renewed again. TPA and other mental health associations and stakeholders have been in extensive contact with TDI and the Governor’s Office to press for the adoption of a new emergency rule by TDI that provides the same or similar telehealth coverage. There is no indication at this time that a new rule will take its place.


Effective Sunday, September 13, 2020, state-regulated insurance plans are no longer required to reimburse providers for any telehealth services, including behavioral health.


Some state-regulated insurance plans, like BCBS, are voluntarily extending telehealth reimbursement through the end of the year. However, the decision is made on a plan-by-plan basis. In order to verify reimbursement for telehealth services, you will have to call each of your plans.


You may not see this information anywhere else. TDI has no obligation to remind you of the expiration of its rule. Please share this information widely.


How do I know who is covered under a state-regulated insurance plan? These plans will have “TDI” or “DOI” written on the ID card. It does not include employer-sponsored plans that are self-funded by the employer. Some employers who administer self-funded plans have adopted similar reimbursement policies, but not all have. Therefore, if the ID card does not have “TDI” or “DOI” written on it, you should still check with the insurer to determine if telehealth will continue to be covered.

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