American Telemedicine Association Supports Broader FCC Support for Rural Telehealth

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American Telemedicine Associations Shows Support While Urging House Committee to Further Amend Rural Health Care Connectivity Act

The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) wrote the House Committee on Energy and Commerce urging that the Rural Health Care Connectivity Act (H.R. 4111) be amended this week 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, 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.”

To read the letter, visit: http://www.americantelemed.org/docs/default-source/policy/letter---hr-4111-rural-healthcare-connectivity-act.pdf?sfvrsn=2

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