The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) recently penned a letter to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce urging that the Rural Health Care Connectivity Act (H.R. 4111) be amended to also allow universal service support for other rural health providers — Medicare or Medicaid telehealth providers, school-based clinics, and emergency transport.
“One of the best ways to eliminate obstacles to high-quality, affordable care is to increase healthcare options available to rural areas. This is a major step in the right direction,” said Jonathan Linkous, CEO of the American Telemedicine Association.
“Since this is a first effort in 20 years to update the definition of rural health provider for this important Federal Communications Commission assistance, the Committee should consider equally important providers to the skilled nursing facilities that would be added by H.R. 4111,” the ATA boss concluded.
To review the letter in full and learn more about why the ATA is pushing for more rural support of telehealth options, click here.