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The Trump administration appears to be leaning in favor of permanently expanding telemedicine coverage as health systems dial up the pressure on Washington to preserve access to video visits beyond the pandemic.

Officials at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have issued sweeping changes in recent weeks to make telehealth services easier to access as the Covid-19 crisis has made routine care more difficult to deliver. They have also repeatedly cited telemedicine as an example of innovation that is improving care and relieving some of the strain on the health care system. In one recent interview, CMS Administrator Seema Verma all but declared permanent expansion a fait accompli.

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