Time is Running Out-State House Leaders Must Bring Telemedicine Bill to the Floor in Final Days of Legislative Session

With just a handful of legislative session days remaining this year, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives still hasn’t considered Senate Bill 780, which would offer state residents more options for health care through telemedicine.

This important legislation defines the key components of telemedicine, sets licensing requirements, and mandates that health insurers provide payment for telemedicine services if they pay for the same service in person. Of course, telemedicine doesn’t replace one-on-one, in-person interactions with a doctor, nurse or other health care practitioner.

Broad adoption of telemedicine technologies will significantly increase access to healthcare services—particularly for those patients without a source of transportation or those living in an area with a shortage of providers or far from their primary care provider or specialist. That’s important here in Pennsylvania which is home to the third-largest rural population and the fourth-oldest population of any state. 

Make no mistake, consumers want telemedicine. A recent AARP study shows 80% of Pennsylvania registered voters age 45+ support legislation that would expand access to telemedicine services.  And the American Telemedicine Association reports that 38 other states have already passed similar laws.

The bill also enjoys broad support among the health care community. Both the Pennsylvania Medical Society and the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania back Senate Bill 780. The legislation was unanimously passed by the state Senate back in June.

Senate Bill 780 ensures that the insurance community treats telemedicine services the same as in-person services—a great step forward in expanding access to care. The legislation will also help providers better collaborate to deliver more care at home or in the community, which is exactly what patients want. 

So please contact your representative today and ask them to tell House leaders to send Senate Bill 780 to the floor so it can be considered before the end of this year's legislative session.

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House Leaders Must Bring PA Telemedicine Act to Floor for a Vote

Dear [Decision Maker],

It's time for Pennsylvania to join the 38 states that have already improved access to quality health care by requiring insurers to offer coverage for telemedicine-provided services.

Senate Bill 780 defines telemedicine for the first time in Pennsylvania so patients won't always have to travel to a doctors office to receive care. Of course, telemedicine doesn't replace one-on-one, in-person interactions with a doctor, nurse or other health care practitioner.


The bill will greatly expand access to health care for both older adults who want to remain at home and in their community and those who live in rural areas of our state.

Make no mistake, consumers want telemedicine. A recent AARP study shows 80% of Pennsylvania registered voters age 45+ support legislation that would expand access to telemedicine services.


So on behalf of AARP and its 1.8 million members in Pennsylvania, please tell House leaders to bring Senate Bill 780 to the floor for a vote before the General Assembly adjourns for the year.

Sincerely,
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