Suncoast congressman backs bill to extend telehealth for seniors

Suncoast congressman backs bill to extend telehealth for seniors
Vern Buchanan

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - Congressman Vern Buchanan co-sponsored a bill in Thursday that will extend Medicare’s telehealth coverage beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Extending telehealth services will allow seniors continued access to critical health care, including emergency medical attention and mental health services,” Buchanan said. “Telehealth has been essential to seniors who are extremely vulnerable to coronavirus.”

The act would expand telephone and on-line virtual visits with doctors by removing restrictions for Medicare patients.

Telehealth services allow patients to speak directly with their doctors via phone phone, video chat and online patient portals, referred ti as “virtual check-ins.”

According to a press release from Buchanan’s Office, the congressman represents the nation’s seventh oldest congressional district, with more than 225,000 seniors.

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