Bill Part of COVID-19 Response Package
To help deliver health care services and clinical information to patients remotely using digital health tools during the current COVID-19 public health emergency, the Governor signed legislation into law on Thursday night.
The bill (A-3860), now law, will ensure that clinical services over the internet or using wireless, satellite or telephone communications equipment are available to residents, regardless of an existing provider-patient relationship, by authorizing health care providers to administer telemedicine and telehealth services.
Bipartisan sponsors, Assembly members Nancy Pinkin (D-Middlesex), BettyLou DeCroce (R-Essex, Morris, Passaic) and Daniel Benson (D-Mercer, Middlesex), issued the following joint statement:
“The steady spread of the coronavirus threatens the viability of health-care delivery in New Jersey and across the country. This law will ensure that health care providers are able to continue tending to patients from the safety of their homes to protect both the public and, even more critically, front-line health workers.
“Widespread access to telemedicine and telehealth services will also provide concerned citizens with access to reliable medical information and allow them to obtain needed services remotely as hospitals and urgent care centers deal with increasing caseloads. As we continue to promote the necessity of social distancing, we must take steps to ensure that everyone – including those with chronic health conditions – is able to safely the access the care they need.”
The law was passed by the full Assembly 64-0 on Monday March 16 and 34-0 by the Senate on Thursday March 19.