HAP Statement on Telemedicine Legislation
October 18, 2018
Despite earning unanimous approval from the full state Senate and the state House Professional Licensure Committee—as well as support from health care advocates across the commonwealth—Senate Bill 780 (Vogel, R–Beaver) was not able to clear its final legislative hurdles before the end of the 2017–2018 legislative session.
Andy Carter, president and CEO of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), released the following statement in response:
“Pennsylvania’s hospital community remains committed to delivering the right care, in the right place, at the right time. Hospitals are developing technology and capabilities to deliver high-quality telemedicine care that can help lower costs and improve health outcomes. And, thanks to telemedicine, patients are gaining new options to get care at home, increased access to appointments, and relief from clinical specialty shortages.
“We respect the vast array of issues that are addressed during the legislative process and thank Senator Elder Vogel, Representatives Marguerite Quinn (R–Bucks) and Mark Mustio (R–Allegheny), and all of the telemedicine champions in the General Assembly for their advocacy on behalf of Pennsylvania’s patients.
“HAP and the Pennsylvania hospital community will continue to support legislation that defines telemedicine, puts in place key consumer protections to ensure that care is delivered by licensed clinicians, and expands insurance coverage for telemedicine services; and we look forward to working with lawmakers to revisit this proposal during the next legislative session.”