The silver lining of COVID-19 has been the dawn of the telehealth era — the greatest exercise in deregulation and individual empowerment in the health sector in years.
In response to the arrival of the pandemic in 2020, Congress and executive branch officials waived a number of rules governing access to medical care, including restrictions on telehealth. As a result, millions of people were able to secure care from the comfort of their homes — many for the first time.
Some of these waivers are scheduled to expire when the public health emergency declared by the federal government ends, likely in January. Congress can’t let that happen. Expanded access to telehealth needs to be a permanent part of the post-pandemic landscape.