TAA Supports Telehealth Medicare Coverage Expansion Legislation

The need for telehealth services have been on the rise due to its ability to increase access to healthcare. In light of this, the TAA has endorsed the Connect for Health Act in an effort to improve access and coverage for Medicare recipients. This bill removes barriers and expands telehealth coverage for Medicare through the Social Security Act.

The inclusion of the home as an origination site for mental health care would expand access to mental care for Medicare recipients. The legislation encourages further development of telehealth services for additional medical professionals and origination sites.

While the Connect for Health Act addresses only Medicare coverage, private insurers and Medicaid programs often look to Medicare policy and reform as they develop and reform their own coverage. As a result, this legislation could improve the coverage and access to telehealth services for all in the Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorder community, regardless of insurance coverage. We will continue to strongly advocate for the passage of this legislation since telehealth is an important policy priority for the Tourette Association of America.

To further advocate for the TS community, Youth Ambassadors and their team members, TAA staff and volunteers, as well community members, will head to our nation’s capital on March 4 to #Rally4Tourette. If you wish to join us, register here.

If you have questions, please contact Diana Felner at diana.felner@tourette.org.