Mandatory Cost-Sharing for Telehealth and Mental Health Services Ending in New York State
Employers in New York state are aware that the Department of Financial Services (DFS) mandated insurers to temporarily cover services at no cost to members during the COVID-19 pandemic:
- Telehealth, including video and telephonic services with providers
- In-person mental health appointments
Carrier partners have begun to notify us that as New York returns to normal, these mandates have expired. The decision on how long each carrier will continue to waive cost-shares for these services varies, with some ending these services at the end of this month – June 30, 2021. At this time, both telehealth and mental health services will be subject to regular cost shares.
As employers, we recommend that you communicate this important information to your employees, especially if they are insured under your employer-sponsored health insurance plan. If you have any questions at all about this information, contact your Rose & Kiernan, Inc client manager directly or reach out to the Employee Benefits Management Group (EBMG) here or by calling (800) 242-4433.