Giving families better access to healthcare: Lawmakers pushing for bill that could expand telehealth access

MILFORD, Del.- Expanding telehealth options for low income Americans.

That was the a big message U.S. Senator Tom Carper and U.S. Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester expressed in Milford Wednesday.

“We haven’t figured out how to get state and local entities to work together, how to get the hospitals, non-profits, how to work with the children’s health insurance program, how to work with Medicaid and it’s kind of a seamless approach,” U.S. Senator Tom Carper said.

The two leaders were joined by others at Nemours duPont Pediatrics, where they highlighted The Telehealth Improvement for Kids’ Essential Services Act.

Which would provide guidance to states on how to integrate telehealth into Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program programs and how expanding telehealth can make a difference.

“This helps increases, the no show rate,” U.S. Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester said. “There are many people whose always had challenges with transportation and getting to healthcare this helps solve the transportation issue.”

A doctor working at Nemours said since the pandemic they have ramped up their telehealth offerings quickly.

Using it to continue to reach patients, despite what was going on in the world around them.

“The pandemic has exacerbated already really severe mental health crisis amongst our children and we really think that telehealth is a critical tool in meeting that need, as well as accessing all kinds of health services,” Dr. Jonathan Miller, Medical Director of Value-Based Care and Chief of Primary Care, Nemours Children’s Health, said.

So, since doctors have seen how this has helped patients that’s Doctor Jonathan Miller feels the legislation that these leaders are pushing is needed.

“This type of care is only possible, if and when policies exist to allow and encourage the use of telehealth,” Dr. Miller said.