We urge Vermont health care providers and all Vermonters to reach out to Senators Sanders and Leahy, and Representative Welch to encourage them to protect access to care through telehealth for Medicare patients.  You can click on this link (from APA) to enter your identifying information and send a pre-written letter (which you can modify or replace).

There is a large and growing body of research demonstrating that telehealth provides access to care for people with limited incomes and/or in rural areas.  Nonetheless, Congress (Medicare) and private insurance companies are actively discussing discontinuation of reimbursement for telehealth.  Given the expanded and popular use of telehealth visits, it is difficult to see how Congress can justify restricting or eliminating the use of telehealth for Medicare patients.