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Physicians Applaud Governor's Executive Order Requiring Insurer Coverage of Telehealth Services

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 19, 2020
FOR INFORMATION, CONTACT:
John Maszinski, 312-580-6440

Attributable to Illinois State Medical Society President Paul E. Pedersen, M.D.

The Illinois State Medical Society applauds Governor Pritzker's Executive Order requiring health insurer coverage of telehealth services. We reached out to his office yesterday with the Illinois Health and Hospital Association seeking action to require that health insurers cover virtual patient encounters. We are facing unprecedented disruptions to healthcare delivery and his decisive action will save lives.    

We echo Governor Pritzker's call for physicians to sign up for the State of Illinois Rapid Electronic Notification System (SIREN) to receive urgent COVID-19 alerts. Health professionals can learn how to sign up for this Illinois Department of Public Health program by visiting www.isms.org/COVID-19 .

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Founded in 1840, ISMS is a professional membership association representing Illinois hysicians in all medical specialties, and their patients, statewide.

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