FTC Staff Comment to the Alaska State Legislature Regarding Telehealth Provisions In Senate Bill 74, Which Would Allow Licensed Alaska Physicians Located Out-of-State To Provide Telehealth Services

Matter Number:

V160009

Summary

FTC staff submitted a comment, as public testimony, regarding proposed legislation that would allow licensed Alaska physicians located out-of-state to provide telehealth services in the same manner as in-state physicians. The comment noted that eliminating the in-state requirement appeared to be a procompetitive improvement in the law. The change likely would expand the supply of telehealth providers, promote competition, and increase access to safe and cost-effective care. It could also reduce transportation costs for Alaska patients and providers.