2020 Bills of Interest

​On Thursday, July 23, 2020, the House passed a telehealth bill with a 145-0 vote. The CSDA submitted written testimony in support of the bill.

The bill modifies requirements for the delivery of telehealth services and insurance coverage of these services until March 15, 2021. The bill:

  • Expands the health providers authorized to provide telehealth services, including dentists.
  • Allows certain telehealth providers to provide telehealth services using audio-only telephone, which current law prohibits.
  • Requires insurance coverage for telehealth services and prohibits providers reimbursed for services from seeking payment from an insured patient beyond cost sharing.
  • Prohibits (a) insurance policies from excluding coverage for a telehealth platform selected by an in-network provider and (b) carriers from reducing reimbursement to a provider because services are provided through telehealth instead of in-person,

On July 28, 2020, the Senate passed the telehealth bill in concurrence with the House. The bill has been transmitted to the Governor’s office for his signature.

The following provisions related to dentistry have been enacted during the Connecticut State of Emergency:

  • Continuing Education Requirements for dentists and dental hygienists
  • Licensure for Dentists and Dental Hygienists
  • Dentists and Telehealth Providers
  • Deadline Extension for the Diagnostic and Therapeutic X-ray registration
  • Continuing Education for dental hygienists
  • Business Interruption Insurance