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Pennsylvania’s Telemedicine Bill Moves to House for Consideration

September 27, 2018

Earlier this week, the House Professional Licensure Committee unanimously approved Senate Bill 780 (Vogel, R-Beaver), telemedicine legislation. The bill now moves to the House for consideration. Please email your lawmaker today and ask that they support Senate Bill 780.

Senate Bill 780 would define telemedicine, provide consumer protections, and require the insurance community to cover telemedicine services if the same service is covered when it is delivered in person.

Following this committee action, HAP, along with AARP-PA and the Pennsylvania School Boards Association, and 20 health care organizations, sent a joint letter to members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, urging passage of telemedicine legislation as a way to expand access to care. The letter outlines key benefits to telemedicine, including better access to quality, convenient health care, in a more efficient and less costly way in rural, suburban, and urban communities. It also highlights the fact that 38 states and the District of Columbia already have enacted this type of policy.

This important bill also was unanimously approved by two Senate committees and the full Senate. Senate Bill 780 now must be brought before the full House of Representatives on October 1.

Your help is needed to ensure that Pennsylvanian’s have increased access to preventive care, chronic care management, stroke care, burn care, dermatology, and psychiatry (which could improve school safety) via telemedicine.

Ask your lawmaker to support this important bill, today!

For more information about Senate Bill 780, please contact Stephanie Watkins, HAP’s vice president, state legislative advocacy or Tim Ohrum, HAP’s vice president, grassroots advocacy.

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