Minnesota Study of Telehealth Expansion and Payment Parity
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is conducting a study of the impact of the 2021 Minnesota Telehealth Act on private sector health insurance. The policy expands telehealth in Minnesota and extends payment parity to include telephone-only visits. During the 2023 legislative session, the Minnesota legislature passed a law that extends coverage for audio-only telehealth care until June 30, 2025.
This study focuses on the impact of the Telehealth Act on:
- Access to health care services, quality of care, health outcomes, patient satisfaction, and value-based payments and innovation in health care delivery
- Disparities and equitable access for underserved communities
- Health care costs and premiums
- Access to and availability of in-person care—including specialty care, particularly in rural areas
For more information about this study, please contact the study's coordinators at email@example.com.
A parallel study by the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) focuses on the policy’s impact on Minnesota Health Care Programs—including Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare. MDH and DHS are consulting with the help of the Department of Commerce as the study progresses.