Pending Legislation Will Waive Telehealth Co-Payments for Veterans
The Veterans Telehealth Act of 2011 is currently pending in the Senate. This is a bill that is essentially a reincarnation of a very similar bill, which was introduced to the Senate last year but was never considered.
The new act was introduced by 3 Senators, and if passed, will result in copayments being waived for those veterans who live in more rural areas and as a result must use telehealth to have a doctor’s appointment.
Telehealth co-payments currently cost $50 when the system is used for standard doctor appointments. In-home care or care provided by a local clinic to veterans living in rural environments keeps the cost of healthcare down. This is opposed to requiring the veteran to travel to a major city for the same healthcare, which increases both cost and stress to the veterans.
The Veterans Telehealth Act of 2011 is a very simple solution to this problem. Although the bill will save money, it will also allow for better healthcare for the rural veterans.
The bill’s sponsors, Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), and Mark Begich (D-Alaska), believe this bill has the ability to serve as a standard for how federal spending can be addressed and dealt with in such a way so as to reduce deficits. Always at the top of the priority list, however, is providing the best and least expensive possible healthcare.
By eliminating travel expenditures, which are absorbed by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the cost of eliminating co-payments balances out.
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