The Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (CONNECT) for Health Act of 2021 (the "CONNECT for Health Act of 2021"), S. 1512, was introduced on April 29, 2021 by Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI). The bill currently has 61 cosponsors. The bill states as the sense of Congress that "health care providers can furnish safe, effective, and high-quality health care services through telehealth", and that barriers to the use of telehealth should be removed. The bill would give authority to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to waive Medicare requirements and limitations on payment for telehealth, if the Secretary of HHS determines that the waiver would not adversely impact quality of care. It also would remove geographic restrictions on telehealth services and permit the patient's home to be an originating site. It calls for HHS to present an interim report to Congress within 180 days after enactment of the Connect for Health Act on qualitative and quantitative data on the impact of telehealth services, virtual check-ins, remote patient monitoring services and other services furnished through telehealth.
The corresponding House bill is H.R. 2903, introduced by Representative Mike Thompson (D-CA-5). The bill has 79 cosponsors in the House.