Virtual health care
HEALTH – Amends, repeals, and adds to existing law to revise terminology and other provisions regarding virtual health care.

RS30362 / H0162

The legislation expands the ability of Idaho citizens in rural and underserved areas to access health care from providers who are not physically present in a patient's geographical area. The legislation updates the Idaho Telehealth Access Care Act in Title 54, Chapter 57, Idaho Code by changing the term "telehealth" to "virtual care," and clarifies virtual care practice requirements. This legislation also provides a permanent solution to lessons learned through COVID-19 related to technology limitations and best practice interstate licensure exemptions for qualified provider’s licensed and in good standing in another state to provide continuity of patient care.

The legislation has no fiscal impact to the State of Idaho general funds, federal funds, or dedicated funds.

Bill Events
Date Description
02/17 Introduced, read first time, referred to JRA for Printing
02/20 Reported Printed and Referred to Health & Welfare
02/23 Reported out of Committee with Do Pass Recommendation, Filed for Second Reading
02/24 Read second time; Filed for Third Reading
02/27 Read Third Time in Full – PASSED - 69-0-1
AYES – Alfieri, Allgood, Andrus, Barbieri, Berch, Blanksma, Boyle, Bundy, Burns, Cannon, Cheatum, Chew, Clow, Cornilles, Crane(12), Crane(13), Dixon(1), Dixon(24), Durrant, Ehardt, Ehlers, Erickson, Furniss, Galaviz, Gallagher, Gannon, Garner, Green, Handy, Hawkins, Healey, Hill, Holtzclaw, Horman, Kingsley(Crawford), Lambert, Lanting, Manwaring, Mathias, McCann, Mendive, Mickelsen, Miller, Mitchell, Monks, Nash, Necochea, Nelsen, Palmer, Petzke, Pickett, Price, Raybould, Raymond, Redman, Roberts, Rubel, Sauter, Scott, Shepherd, Skaug, Tanner, Vander Woude, Weber, Wheeler, Wisniewski, Yamamoto, Young, Mr. Speaker
NAYS – None
Absent – Wroten
Floor Sponsor - Redman
Title apvd - to Senate
02/28 Received from the House passed; filed for first reading
Introduced, read first time; referred to: Health & Welfare
03/08 Reported out of Committee with Do Pass Recommendation; Filed for second reading
03/09 Read second time; filed for Third Reading
03/13 Read third time in full – PASSED - 34-0-1
AYES – Anthon, Bernt, Bjerke, Burtenshaw, Carlson, Cook, Den Hartog, Foreman, Grow, Guthrie, Harris, Hart, Hartgen, Herndon, Just, Lakey, Lee, Lenney, Lent, Nichols, Okuniewicz, Rabe, Ricks, Ruchti, Schroeder, Semmelroth, Taylor, Toews, Trakel, VanOrden, Ward-Engelking, Winder, Wintrow, Zuiderveld
NAYS – None
Absent and excused – Adams
Floor Sponsor - Lee
Title apvd - to House
03/14 Returned from Senate Passed; to JRA for Enrolling
03/15 Reported Enrolled; Signed by Speaker; Transmitted to Senate
Received from the House enrolled/signed by Speaker
Signed by President; returned to House
03/16 Returned Signed by the President; Ordered Transmitted to Governor
03/17 Delivered to Governor at 11 a.m. on March 16, 2023
03/22 Reported Signed by Governor on March 21, 2023
Session Law Chapter 102
Effective: 07/01/2023