On August 28, 2016, Missouri’s telehealth bill, HB 1923, that was signed into law on June 8, 2016 by Governor Jay Nixon took into effect. Under the new law, physicians are now able to employ telehealth under the state's Medicaid program. The law also makes it possible for the state's Medicaid program to pay for telehealth services provided in schools. Services might include physician video consultations, speech therapy, physical therapy, and mental health services.
The new law is designated to be particularly beneficial for special needs children with the use of telehealth techniques. It is also expected to help persuade more Missouri’s school districts into embracing the state’s Medicaid program and increasing access to quality care, especially, in rural areas. To learn more about Missouri’s new telehealth law, please read here.