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Legislation Introduced Allowing Veterans to Receive Telehealth Services in Their Homes Across State Lines
President Obama Signed Into Law Legislation Expanding the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly
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Legislation Introduced Allowing Veterans to Receive Telehealth Services in Their Homes Across State Lines

On Wednesday, November 18, the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee held a hearing to discuss the Veterans E-Health & Telemedicine Support Act of 2015 (VETS Act), which would expand telehealth services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The Committee is considering the legislation for approval in order to send it to the full Senate. The legislation was introduced in October by Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) along with 9 other original cosponsors. The House version was introduced earlier this year by Congressman Charles Rangel (D-NY) and Congressman Glenn Thompson (R-PA) along with 11 other original cosponsors.  The proposal has bipartisan support, with a total of 13 cosponsors for the Senate version (S. 2170) and 23 for the House version (H.R. 2516).

The legislation amends current law in order to allow VA health professionals to practice telemedicine across state lines for patients in their homes. While a VA health professional may practice telehealth for patients in their homes if they are in the same state, current law prevents VA health professionals from conducting telehealth across state lines for patients in their homes. In order for a VA health professional to treat a patient across state lines, the patient must visit a federal facility.  “For example,” Senator Ernst said, “a veteran in my small town of Red Oak, Iowa who wishes to have a telemedicine appointment with a doctor at the VA hospital in Omaha, Nebraska - that’s closest to my hometown - an hour away, must drive to the VA center in Des Moines. A two-hour drive. By contrast, if the doctor was based in Des Moines, the patient could remain in their home in Red Oak and have a telemedicine appointment.”

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President Obama Signed Into Law Legislation Expanding the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly

On November 5, 2015, President Barack Obama signed into law legislation (S. 1362/H.R. 3243) expanding eligibility for the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly. PACE is a joint Medicare and Medicaid program coordinating community-based care for seniors with chronic conditions. Prior to this legislation being signed into law, an individual had to be at least 55 years of age and eligible for nursing home care in order to be eligible for the PACE program. The new law lowers the age restriction, allowing those 21 years of age and older who are nursing home eligible to participate.

The National Association of Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) supports the expansion of PACE, as a program that prioritizes home and community-based services, to include other populations such as younger individuals with disabilities.

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