Congress seeking to eliminate telehealth barriers for veterans

'It is our shared duty to be there for these heroes'
By Erin McCann
10:28 AM

Two members of Congress are launching a bill that would eliminate even more barriers for veterans receiving telemedicine care.

The Veterans E-Health and Telemedicine Support Act of 2015 bill is being launched three years following the push of a similar bill that enabled veterans to receive telemedicine across state lines.

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The bill, introduced May 22 by U.S. Reps. Glenn Thompson, R-Pa., and Charles B. Rangel, D-N.Y., would allow the Department of Veterans Affairs to push out behavioral and mental telehealth services to veterans regardless of their location.

"When (our service men and women) return home, it is our shared duty to be there for these heroes, by making lifesaving resources readily accessible," said U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-Pa., co-sponsor of the bill, in a press release. "(This bill) will eliminate multiple layers of bureaucracy, allowing our veterans to have greater access to mental and behavioral health services, especially in rural areas." 

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