Technology | 05.24.22
Mississippians Now Have Permanent Access to Telehealth
Mississippi Senate Bill 2739 was signed into law, making telemedicine a permanent option for state residents following temporary emergency orders that were issued during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney said, "It's certainly convenient for the consumer. It provided access through rural areas in the state of Mississippi, especially along the Mississippi River from Natchez all the way up to Tunica. We have a dire need of doctors in a lot of the counties that border the Mississippi River, so this was another way to deliver medicine to these particular people living in rural areas." Insurers cannot require patients to use an in-house telemedicine program, but some contact with providers will be required before an audio-only telehealth visit.