With strong bipartisan support (127-6), the Minnesota House passed a bill Thursday night extending telemedicine services and other state Department of Health and Human Services programs tied to COVID-19-related emergency orders.

“One of the very important things this bill does is create a 60-day off-ramp to wind down different ways of doing business that the counties have been practicing during the emergency.”

Representative Tina Liebling of Rochester says several counties are asking lawmakers to consider some of the new ways of offering services, like telemedicine, beyond the executive order period. The bill now heads to the Minnesota Senate.