TELEHEALTH: VITAL FOR EVERY COMMUNITY
Time is running out for Congress to permanently protect telehealth for millions of Americans. Without action, critical telehealth flexabilities will expire:
Deadline: December 31, 2024
TELEHEALTH ACCESS SUPPORTS:
YOUR ACCESS IS AT RISK
URGENT action from Congress is required to permanently protect access to vital telehealth services in every American community.
During the pandemic, restrictions on telehealth were suspended through public health emergency (PHE) waivers. Congress passed, and the President signed into law, a two-year extension of these critical flexibilities at the end of 2022.
BUT without additional action from Congress to make these flexibilities permanent, millions of people could face another telehealth cliff and risk losing access to the care they value, such as mental health care, prescription drugs, and more.
Lost access to telehealth would mean:
- Patients with chronic conditions like diabetes & heart disease may have fewer care options to maintain their quality of life.
- Patients with health challenges may need to seek care through more costly settings, such as emergency room visits to address health concerns.
- Patients & caregivers may be forced to travel across state lines to see specialists.
- Reduced access to mental & behavioral health providers.
CONGRESS MUST ACT.
THE SOLUTION: PROTECT REMOTE CARE ACCESS
Protecting and expanding access to telehealth has strong bipartisan support in Congress and is championed by patients and health care providers across the country.
Now, lawmakers must meet the moment and act now to permanently protect access to telehealth services for every person in America.
Telehealth Access for America (TAFA) is a public education campaign supported by leaders in health care committed to better care, expanded patient choice, and protecting access to critical telehealth services.