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HAP Issues Statement on House Professional Licensure Committee Approval of Telemedicine Bill

September 24, 2018

The Pennsylvania House Professional Licensure Committee today voted unanimously to approve Senate Bill 780 (Vogel, R-Beaver), which would define telemedicine, provide consumer protections for it, and expand insurance coverage for telemedicine services.

Andy Carter, president and CEO of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), released the following statement after the vote:

“Pennsylvania’s hospitals and providers have been using telemedicine to provide high-quality primary and specialty services to individuals and families across the commonwealth for years. This is not a new type of medicine; rather, it is a way to help patients receive care in the comfort of their own home, to expand access to care in rural and urban areas, and help relieve some of the clinical specialty shortages that Pennsylvania faces.

“We thank the bill sponsor for his leadership, committee chairman Representative Mark Mustio (R-Allegheny) for his thorough vetting of the issue, and the entire committee’s careful review and consideration of Senate Bill 780. We urge all members of the state House of Representatives to support this measure, and expand access to telemedicine in Pennsylvania.

“During the summer, many hospitals hosted members of the committee for telemedicine demonstrations. Chairman Mustio recently held a hearing about the bill, during which hospital leaders, physicians, and school district personnel testified in support of the legislation.”

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