Health IT Now Executive Director Joel White speaks to Chairman Wenstrup and Congressman Takano about the need for expanded access to telehealth services as Congresswoman Ann Kuster (D-NH) and Lisa Robin of the Federation of State Medical Boards look on.
WASHINGTON, DC (September 12, 2017): Joel White, Executive Director of Health IT Now – a broad-based coalition of patient groups, provider organizations, employers, and payers supporting health information technology to improve patient outcomes – participated in a telehealth roundtable today, convened by the House Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Health. Subcommittee Chairman Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) and Congressman Mark Takano (D-CA) presided over the roundtable.
A longtime advocate for removing government barriers that stand in the way of telehealth services, White’s remarks before the committee focused on Health IT Now’s strong support for the bipartisan, bicameral VETS Act, which would allow VA telehealth providers to more easily see patients in their homes across state lines.
White noted that the Trump administration has already announced a rule effectuating the goals of this legislation, and stressed the need for the administration to publish this proposed rule without further delay while urging the committee to advance the legislation as well.
White’s written comments to the committee in advance of the roundtable can be read HERE.
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.
About Joel White: Prior to serving as Executive Director of Health IT Now, Joel White spent twelve years on Capitol Hill as professional staff, during which he helped enact nine laws, including the Medicare Modernization Act, the Deficit Reduction Act, the Tax Reform and Health Care Act, the Trade Act, and the Children’s Health Act. White was instrumental in developing the Part D e-prescribing law in the Medicare Modernization Act and in developing legislation that passed the House to promote the adoption and use of health information technology. Mr. White was the Staff Director of the Ways and Means Health Subcommittee with responsibility for advising Members of Congress and directing staff on all policy issues within the jurisdiction of the Subcommittee.