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Hartzler Applauds President Trump for Medicare Coverage of Telehealth

March 18, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) issued the following statement after President Trump announced that Medicare coverage would be extended to include telehealth services, allowing seniors to stay at home and 'visit' with doctors and health care professionals remotely via tele-conferencing technologies:

"President Trump's decision to extend this coverage is one of the many bold steps this administration is taking to ensure that Americans are kept safe. We need to ensure that our seniors, who are among the most vulnerable to COVID-19, are able to access the medical resources they need if they are symptomatic," Hartzler said. 

"This is not only for the safety of the patient, but also for the safety of doctors, medical and clinical staff, and other patients in use of the medical facilities.

"Access to these telehealth services also underscores the importance of access to quality, affordable broadband throughout our district. Several internet providers have already committed to expanding their services by opening up their hotspots and offering lower prices during this crisis.

"In Congress, I've worked to bolster funding for critical grants and federal programs related to the deployment of rural broadband. This includes $555 million to the ReConnect grants and loans, as well as over $780 million for other grant and loan programs through the Department of Agriculture's Rural Development agency.

"Having this coverage for telehealth services is going to do a lot of good for a lot of people in my district and across our state. We all have a part to play in defeating this crisis. I am committed to working with my colleagues in Congress and the Trump Administration to ensure that these benefits for telehealth services reach as many people as possible," Hartzler concluded.