Some groups have struggled with telehealth access and healthcare regulation more than others, such as rural areas, which are home to some of the country's oldest and sickest patients. But legislation is evolving to turn that around.
Cures 2.0 (the bipartisan legislation that builds on the 21st Century Cures Act of 2016) is positioned to permanently remove the geographic and originating site requirements under Medicare (these restrictions have required a patient to live in a rural area and be physically present in a doctor's office or clinic to qualify for telehealth service coverage). It also expands Medicare coverage to apply to audio-only telemental health services that are provided by rural health clinics and federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) beyond the PHE.
Verizon is expanding LTE Home Internet to more rural areas in line with this evolution in legislation to help more users around the world access high-speed networks wherever they are. This, in turn, will open up access to telehealth services in more remote areas.