A group of six US representatives and senators introduced bipartisan legislation to extend access to telehealth by eliminating the deductible requirement for those with Health Savings Accounts.
March 30, 2023 – This week, six US representatives and senators introduced an extension of the CARES Act known as the “Telehealth Expansion Act,” which would allow Americans with Health Savings Accounts (HSA) to gain telehealth access without the need to meet a deductible.
Reps. Michelle Steel (R-CA), Susie Lee (D-NV), Adrian Smith (R-NE), and Brad Schneider (D-IL), and Sens. Steve Daines (R-MT) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) introduced the new legislation.
Signed in March 2020, the CARES Act allowed HSA-qualified high-deductible health plans to cover telehealth services prior to reaching the deductible amount. Additionally, it allowed individuals to select and purchase telehealth services independent of their high-deductible health plan without any impact on their HSA eligibility.