New York’s State Disaster Emergency declaration, which had been extended through June 24 through a series of Executive Orders by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, has expired. Among many other things, the Executive Orders had removed certain restrictions on the provision of telehealth services.
For example, since March 18, 2020, Gov. Cuomo’s Executive Order No. 202.5 had allowed physicians licensed and in current good standing in any state in the U.S. to practice medicine in New York State without a New York license. This waiver, and similar temporary waivers in many other states, had permitted telehealth companies to provide services in New York and other states regardless of whether the physician providing the service was licensed in the state where the patient was located.
Many changes to telehealth requirements that were originally intended to be effective only for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic have been extremely popular and have been, or are likely to be, made permanent through new state and federal legislation.