TAFA Applauds Lawmakers for Urging Collaboration with HHS to Enact Permanent Telehealth Protections
Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Stresses Need to Safeguard Access to Virtual Care Before End of Year
Washington, D.C – Telehealth Access for America (TAFA) issued the following statement in response to U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-HI), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Benjamin Cardin (D-MD), John Thune (R-SD), Mark Warner (D-VA), and Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), and U.S. Representatives Mike Thompson (D-CA), David Schweikert (R-AZ), Doris Matsui (D-CA), and Bill Johnson (R-OH) sending a joint letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in support of permanent telehealth protections.
“With the telehealth cliff looming at the end of this year, we applaud lawmakers for urging prioritization and collaboration to enact permanent telehealth protections with the administration before it is too late,” said TAFA spokesperson Julia Mirich. “As lawmakers noted in their letter, ‘This is a pivotal year for telehealth policy, and it is critical that we enact long-term legislation in 2024.’ Telehealth Access for America agrees, and to ensure patients and providers have continued access to the virtual care they rely on, urgent action is needed.”
“We echo lawmakers’ call to action to safeguard access to virtual care, without onerous restrictions, before the end of the year to ensure continued vital telehealth access for the millions of patients who rely on it,” concluded Mirich.
Read the full letter HERE.
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