Tillis, Colleagues Reintroduce Bipartisan Legislation To Expand Telehealth Access, Make Permanent Telehealth Flexibilities Available During COVID-19 | Beaufort County Now | Telehealth Use Among Medicare Beneficiaries Increased By 13,000% In Just A Month And A Half During The Pandemic

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Press Release:

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — This week, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) and a bipartisan group of 50 senators reintroduced the Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (CONNECT) for Health Act of 2021, legislation that will expand coverage of telehealth services through Medicare, make permanent COVID-19 telehealth flexibilities, improve health outcomes, and make it easier for patients to safely connect with their doctors.

    Three provisions from the CONNECT for Health Act were included in COVID-19 relief legislation to expand access to telehealth during the pandemic. As a result, telehealth has seen a sharp rise in use since the start of the pandemic as patients seek to avoid traveling to hospitals and other health care settings and instead receive care at home. Data shows that the number of Medicare beneficiaries using telehealth services increased by about 13,000 percent in just a month and a half during the pandemic.

    "The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the broad utilization of telehealth services, highlighting the invaluable role it can play in making patient-centered health care more accessible," said Senator Tillis. "I am proud to support the reintroduction of this commonsense legislation to modernize our health care system and improve outcomes for all North Carolina patients."

    The CONNECT for Health Act was first introduced in 2016 and is considered the most comprehensive legislation on telehealth in Congress. Since 2016, several provisions of the bill were enacted into law or adopted by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, including provisions to remove restrictions on telehealth services for mental health, stroke care, and home dialysis.

    The updated version of the CONNECT for Health Act builds on that progress and includes new and revised provisions that will help more people access telehealth services. Specifically, the legislation will:

  • Permanently remove all geographic restrictions on telehealth services and expand originating sites to include the home and other sites;
  • Allow health centers and rural health clinics to provide telehealth services, a provision currently in place due to the pandemic but on a temporary basis;
  • Provide the Secretary of Health and Human Services with the permanent authority to waive telehealth restrictions, a provision currently in place due to the pandemic but on a temporary basis;
  • Allow for the waiver of telehealth restrictions during public health emergencies; and
  • Require a study to learn more about how telehealth has been used during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Go Back

HbAD0

Latest Bloodless Warfare: Politics

The list of Democrats retiring just keeps growing. From the U.S. House to the North Carolina House, Democrats are running scared because they know their chances of winning are dwindling just like Joe Biden’s approval ratings.
Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) and 49 Senate Republican colleagues filed a formal challenge against President Biden's vaccine mandate under the Congressional Review Act.
If you are covering Kamala Harris’ visit to Charlotte today, please consider the following statement from the Republican National Committee
In a letter a few weeks ago, State Auditor Beth Wood insisted that applications to purchase the Bald Head Island ferry (System) by the Village of Bald Head Island (Village) and the Bald Head Island Transportation Authority (Authority) not be included in the December Local Government Commission (LGC)
Candidate filing for the 2022 statewide primary and rescheduled municipal elections begins at noon on Monday, December 6, and ends at noon on Friday, December 17.
Today, Governor Roy Cooper and North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy K. Cohen, M.D. provided an update on the state’s COVID-19 key metrics and trends.
President Biden's numbers in the Tar Heel State are in the gutter. According to a recent High Point University poll, Biden's approval rating is at a lowly 35 percent.
Governor Roy Cooper has appointed the Honorable Kimberly Best to serve as Superior Court Judge serving Mecklenburg County, Judicial District 26B.
On COVID-19, Biden has proven himself a dishonest hypocrite. He has no credibility.

HbAD1

An Inclusion Committee Meeting has been scheduled for November 30, 2021 at 3:30pm.
The State Board of Elections on Tuesday finalized election results for the November 2021 municipal elections and took steps toward expanding and improving the state’s post-election audits and better explaining them to voters.
N.C. Rep. Keith Kidwell (R-Beaufort, Craven) will hold town hall meetings in Beaufort and Craven counties.
MasterBrand Cabinets, one of the largest cabinet manufacturers in North America, will expand its operations in Lenoir County to create more than 450 jobs over five years, Governor Roy Cooper announced today.
North Carolina Senators Thom Tillis and Richard Burr applauded the Senate for unanimously confirming Dena King to be the U.S. Attorney for Western District, Sandra Hairston to be the U.S. Attorney for Middle District, and Michael Easley, Jr. to be the U.S. Attorney for Eastern District.
NC Senate Majority Whip, Senator Jim Perry and Representative Chris Humphrey announced they have secured budget funding for the following Lenoir County projects and organizations.
Hosokawa Custom Processing Services, a contract chemical processor, will create 16 new jobs in Wayne County, Governor Roy Cooper announced today.
As if Butterfield’s decision not to seek re-election wasn’t enough to secure a Republican win in North Carolina’s second congressional district, today’s vote by the Democrats to pass Biden’s “Build Back Broke” Agenda sealed the deal.

HbAD2

If you are covering Representative Deborah Ross' support of Joe Biden’s “Build Back Broke” agenda, please consider the following statement from the RNC:
Congressman Greg Murphy, M.D. (NC-03) released the following statement after voting against President Biden’s social spending agenda, H.R. 5376, the Build Back Better Act.
If you’re covering reports that Representative G.K. Butterfield won't seek re-election in 2022, please consider the following statement:
Governor Roy Cooper has appointed Brad Salmon to serve as District Court Judge to Judicial District 11, which serves Johnston, Harnett and Lee counties.
Today, Governor Roy Cooper and North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) Secretary Mandy K. Cohen, M.D. visited and toured the family vaccination site at St. Peter's Church & World Outreach Center in Forsyth County.
Democrat Senate candidate Jeff Jackson is modeling his latest climate plan off of failed Commissioner of Agriculture candidate and far-left activist Jenna Wadsworth.
Jaguar Gene Therapy, LLC, an Illinois-based gene therapy company, will create 200 new jobs and invest more than $125 million to locate a GMP facility in Durham County, Governor Roy Cooper announced today.
In case you missed it…a new Washington Post-ABC News poll released yesterday found that just 41% of Americans approve of Joe Biden’s performance, down 11 points from earlier this spring.
Today, Governor Roy Cooper announced his intent to sign the legislative budget, citing necessary investments in teacher and state employee pay, critical infrastructure and aid to help families and businesses emerge from the pandemic stronger than ever.

HbAD3

 
Back to Top