Senator Tina Smith promotes telehealth during coronavirus pandemic

KTOE reports

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a significant increase in telehealth services for both physical and behavioral health. U.S. Senator Tina Smith has introduced legislation that would help better fund these practices:

“We’ve seen an over thousand-fold increase in the use of telehealth. Before the outbreak, we were just looking at around 11-hundred telehealth visits per day in Minnesota. And by late April that was up to 15,000 telehealth visits a day.”

The bill also ensures providers are getting fully reimbursed by the insurance companies for their telehealth services.

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About Ann Treacy

Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (blandinonbroadband.org), hosts a radio show on MN music (mostlyminnesota.com), supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota (elimstrongtowershelters.org) and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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