Senate bill would allow VA doctors to practice telehealth across state lines
Sens. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa, pictured) and Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), and eight co-sponsors, have introduced a bill that would allow veterans greater access to telehealth services by allowing providers to practice across state lines.
The Veterans E-Health & Telemedicine Support Act of 2015 (VETS Act) mirrors a House bill introduced in May by Reps. Glenn Thompson (R-Pa.) and Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.).
Current law allows the Veterans Administration to waive state licensure requirements only if both the patient and physician are physically at a VA facility. Home telehealth services require both physician and patient to be located in the same state. These barriers mean veterans have to travel great distances to a VA facility to receive telehealth services, according to an announcement from Ernst.
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