Introduced in House Passed House Introduced in Senate Passed Senate To President Became Law
11/20/2019          

Telemental Health Expansion Act of 2020

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116 HR 5201 IH: Telemental Health Expansion Act of 2019
U.S. House of Representatives
2019-11-20
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I116th CONGRESS1st SessionH. R. 5201IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVESNovember 20, 2019Ms. Matsui (for herself and Mr. Johnson of Ohio) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concernedA BILLTo amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide coverage under the Medicare program of certain mental health telehealth services, and for other purposes.
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Short title
This Act may be cited as the Telemental Health Expansion Act of 2019.
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Expanding the use of telehealth for mental health services
(a)
In general
Section 1834(m) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395m(m)) is amended— (1)in paragraph (4)(C)(i), by striking and (7) and inserting (7), and (8); and (2)by adding at the end the following: (8)
Treatment of mental health services furnished through telehealth
The geographic requirements described in paragraph (4)(C)(i) (other than applicable State law requirements, including State licensure requirements) shall not apply with respect to telehealth services that are mental health services (as determined by the Secretary) furnished on or after January 1, 2021, to an eligible telehealth individual at an originating site described in paragraph (4)(C)(ii) (other than an originating site described in subclause (IX) of such paragraph).
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(b)
Inclusion of the home as an originating site
Section 1834(m)(4)(C)(ii)(X) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 1395m(m)(4)(C)(ii)(X)) is amended by striking paragraph (7) and inserting paragraphs (7) and (8).
(c)
Additional services
As part of the implementation of the amendments made by this section, the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall consider whether additional services should be added to the services specified in paragraph (4)(F)(i) of section 1834(m) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 1395m) for authorized payment under paragraph (1) of such section.

Picture Name From Date Type
Doris Matsui D-CA 11/20/2019 Sponsor
David Trone D-MD 05/15/2020 Cosponsor
Ben Lujan D-NM 07/20/2020 Cosponsor
Bill Johnson R-OH 11/20/2019 Cosponsor
Date Branch Action
12/24/2020 President Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 580.Action By: House of Representatives
12/24/2020 President Committee on Ways and Means discharged.Action By: House of Representatives
12/24/2020 President Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Energy and Commerce. H. Rept. 116-697, Part I.
07/15/2020 President Subcommittee on Health Discharged.
07/15/2020 President Ordered to be Reported (Amended) by Voice Vote.Action By: Committee on Energy and Commerce
07/15/2020 President Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.Action By: Committee on Energy and Commerce
06/30/2020 President Subcommittee Hearings Held.Action By: House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health
11/21/2019 President Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.Action By: Committee on Energy and Commerce
11/20/2019 President Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.Action By: House of Representatives
11/20/2019 President Introduced in HouseAction By: House of Representatives
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Summary
There are 2 summaries for H.R.5201. View summaries Shown Here:Reported to House, Part I (12/24/2020) Telemental Health Expansion Act of 2020 This bill permanently excludes mental health services that are furnished via telehealth from certain originating site requirements under Medicare. Under current law, these telehealth services are excluded from such requirements through the end of the public health emergency relating to COVID-19 (i.e., coronavirus disease 2019).
There are 2 summaries for H.R.5201. Reported to House, Part I | Introduced in HouseShown Here:Reported to House, Part I (12/24/2020) Telemental Health Expansion Act of 2020 This bill permanently excludes mental health services that are furnished via telehealth from certain originating site requirements under Medicare. Under current law, these telehealth services are excluded from such requirements through the end of the public health emergency relating to COVID-19 (i.e., coronavirus disease 2019).Shown Here:Introduced in House (11/20/2019) Telemental Health Expansion Act of 2019 This bill modifies requirements relating to coverage of mental health telehealth services under Medicare. Specifically, the bill removes restrictions that require the originating site (i.e., the location of the beneficiary) to be in a rural area, and allows the home of a beneficiary to serve as the originating site for such services.
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