By Alex Fares/Associated PressIllinois telemarketing and health professionals are one of the most highly paid occupations in the country, with average salaries in the U.S. averaging nearly $100,000 per year.
But there’s a catch: Telehealth jobs are often temporary and do not pay a living wage, according to the American Council on Aging.
Telehealth jobs in Illinois require some degree of advanced training, but many don’t have a safety net in place for those with pre-existing health conditions.
The Illinois Telehealth Association says it has about 700 members across the state, but they’re struggling to keep up with the demand and have not been able to keep pace with hiring.
There are a few reasons for this, according a report released by the telehealth association earlier this month.
Many telehealth providers are not regulated by the state’s telehealth licensing boards, and they often don’t offer health benefits, including dental, vision and dental coverage.
The telehealth industry also has a tendency to be heavily unionized, and some employers hire telehealth employees through subcontractors, a practice that is prohibited by the Fair Labor Standards Act.
The new federal regulations are aimed at protecting workers’ right to health care and protect workers’ ability to organize, said Jennifer Geddes, executive director of the Illinois Tele health Association.
The federal regulations will provide telehealth workers with protections for their rights, she said.
States that have passed telehealth legislation, like Illinois, have made it easier for people with pre