New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation mandating that healthcare procedures delivered via telemedicine and telehealth be covered as insurable procedures comparable to in-person encounters.

The legislation, which covers services rendered under commercial insurers and Medicaid, is the result of identical bills that passed through both houses of the state legislature in 2014. The Assembly bill was sponsored by Assemblywoman Addie J. Russell and the Senate bill was sponsored by Senator Catharine Young.

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