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Health IT Now Submits Comments on VA Proposed Rule, Urges Committee Passage of the VETS Act

WASHINGTON, DC (November 1, 2017): Health IT Now – a broad-based coalition of patient groups, provider organizations, employers, and payers supporting health information technology to improve patient outcomes – submitted comments in response to the Department of Veterans Affairs proposed rule, Authority of Health Care Providers to Practice Telehealth, which allows VA telehealth providers to more easily administer care across state lines. 

The proposed rule mirrors the bipartisan, bicameral VETS Act; legislation previously endorsed by Health IT Now and slated for consideration in the House Veterans Affairs Committee tomorrow. 

Health IT Now Executive Director Joel White released the following statement:

“Improving access to care for our nation’s heroes deserves a multi-pronged approach, which is why Health IT Now fully supports both the VA proposed rule, as well as the VETS Act that would permanently enshrine this directive into law,” said HITN Executive Director Joel White. “This policy solution will be instrumental in breaking down geographic barriers that, for too long, have prevented our veterans from getting the health care services they need when and where they need it. We call upon the administration to quickly finalize this rule as proposed and urge members of the House Veterans Affairs Committee to support the VETS Act when it is brought up for a vote tomorrow. The administration and Congress must work in concert to harness the full potential of telehealth and bring VA health care into the 21st Century.” 

Read HITN’s comment letter on the VA proposed rule here, and find HITN’s previous advocacy work on behalf of the VETS Act below:

9/29/17- Health IT Now Praises Proposed Rule Supporting Goals of the VETS Act
9/26/17 – Health IT Now Assembles Broad Group in Support of Bipartisan VETS Act
9/12/17- Health IT Now’s Joel White Speaks at Congressional Telehealth Roundtable
8/3/17- Health IT Now Applauds VA Telehealth Initiative 
4/26/17- HITN Expresses Strong Support of VETS Act
11/18/15- Health IT Now Endorses Veterans E-Health and Telemedicine Support Act of 2015
 

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About Health IT Now: Health IT Now (HITN) is a broad-based coalition of patient groups, provider organizations, employers, and payers that support incentives to deploy health information technology to improve care, patient outcomes, and to lower costs. Learn more at www.healthitnow.org.

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