In Washington’s increasingly toxic atmosphere – filled with impeachment hearings, the jostling of the Democratic primary, and an obsession with trivial gaffes and scandal over substance – it can be hard to notice when members of both parties collaborate to try and achieve something positive. Fortunately, it does still happen.
One example is a bipartisan bill in the House and Senate to expand telehealth services in Medicare.
Currently, few Americans qualify to have telehealth services covered under Medicare. Those who do must live in remote locations, and the number of services they can access is limited.
The CONNECT Act would greatly expand the number of American seniors who can access services like mental health and emergency care on their phones and tablets by waiving many of these geographic and originating site restrictions.
The legislation also greatly expands telehealth options covered under Medicare in rural areas, gives the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) the flexibility to waive other rules when needed, and allows pilot projects to test new telehealth programs.
While the immediate impact of the bill will be felt mostly in rural areas and is limited to certain services, the long-term impact could be revolutionary.
Read more about the CONNECT act, and the long-term impact it could have, on the Fox News website HERE