ELY, NV --Today, U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV), a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee’s Subcommittee on Primary Health and the Senate Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet, met with The Ely Shoshone Tribe to discuss access to broadband telemedicine services for their community.
“We need to develop ways to better provide health care to Nevadans in tribal and rural communities,” said Senator Rosen. “Increased access to telemedicine would allow those who live far away from physical hospitals and medical facilities to receive medical care without having to travel great distances. Nevadans elected me to be their advocate for increased access to quality, affordable health care, and I pledge to do so with forward-thinking solutions that address our state’s needs."
BACKGROUND: Last Congress, then-Congresswoman Rosen co-sponsored several bills that would have improved access to telehealth services. This includes ensuring that telehealth services for stroke victims are eligible under Medicare, expanding telehealth coverage for home dialysis and remote patient monitoring, and expanding telehealth programs for rural and Native American populations.
Last Congress, Rosen also co-sponsored the bipartisan CONNECT for Health Act (H.R. 2556), which would expand the use of telehealth and remote patient monitoring services under Medicare.