Rep. Kildee Supports Expanding Telehealth Services During Pandemic
Recent Bills Expands Health Care Options for Michiganders, Especially in Rural, Underserved Communities
FLINT--Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, today hosted a roundtable with members of the House Ways and Means Committee entitled, "Examining the Role of Telehealth during COVID-19 and Beyond."
The virtual roundtable focused on the important role of telehealth during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Telehealth uses technology to connect patients to health care providers and information they need. While telehealth is not a new health care capability, it has become increasingly important during this public health crisis. Congressman Kildee has helped to expand Medicare telehealth access in both the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act and the CARES Act to help Medicare beneficiaries access their health care providers during the pandemic. As a result, many private insurers and Medicaid programs allow expanded payment and coverage options for telehealth services.
"Michigan, like most of the country, has a shortage of health care providers, including psychiatrists and other behavioral health providers. Because of this shortage, in Michigan many mental illnesses and substance abuse disorders are left untreated. Expanding telehealth for Michiganders is a win-win, especially for those living in rural or underserved communities," Congressman Kildee said.
A video of Congressman Kildee remarks today at the roundtable can be found here.