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Congress should take action to make telemedicine permanent – Pacific Research Institute

Congress should take action to make telemedicine permanent

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Congress faces a year-end deadline to extend its relaxed pandemic-era rules permitting greater use of telehealth by Medicare beneficiaries. If our lawmakers fail to step up, millions of seniors as well as privately insured patients could lose access to what has become an essential form of medical care.

The expansion of telehealth is a perfect example of how cutting red tape can improve people’s lives. Congress should make these changes permanent and use the experience as a model to remove roadblocks to further health care innovation.

During the pandemic, the federal government waived many of Medicare’s restrictions on telehealth services, allowing beneficiaries to receive care in their homes, from any origin site, by any eligible Medicare provider. Many private insurers followed Medicare’s lead and expanded coverage for telehealth as well.

Click to read the full article in the South Florida Sun Sentinel. 

Nothing contained in this blog is to be construed as necessarily reflecting the views of the Pacific Research Institute or as an attempt to thwart or aid the passage of any legislation.

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