Two HIA initiatives were featured in Politico Pulse this morning.
Telehealth access: An alliance of hundreds of firms and industry groups is lobbying Congress to include a provision that would allow high-deductible health plans to cover telehealth visits before patients reach their deductibles, POLITICO’s Ben Leonard reports.
In a Tuesday letter to House and Senate leaders, more than 350 groups under the banner of the Alliance to Fight for Health Care called on Congress to take action before the current rule expires on Dec. 31.
CDC oversight: In a letter sent Tuesday to congressional leadership, the Health Innovation Alliance called on lawmakers to pass legislation to ramp up oversight of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, among other measures.
The group said the agency “failed to update and modernize its response plans and systems as required by Congress in 2006, and again twice since then,” despite the “extensive amount of additional funding” it received during the Covid-19 pandemic.