Expanded Telehealth Access

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The Expanded Telehealth Access Act of 2021 (H.R. 2168) has been introduced by Reps. Mikie Sherrill, D-N.J., and David McKinley, R-W.Va., in the House of Representatives. This bipartisan bill would permanently make physical therapy services and other rehabilitation services available and billable under Medicare for visits completed via telehealth. This policy was temporarily put into place during the pandemic and will expire unless this legislation is passed.

This legislation is supported by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), the Vestibular Disorders Association (VeDA), and many other organizations because of the expanded scope of care and flexibility it offers. Use of telehealth during the pandemic has shown us how well it increases access to rehab and medical services. The convenience of completing a telehealth visit will also be important for individuals with dizziness when the pandemic ends. Not having to worry about driving to an appointment can mean fewer missed appointments and greater continuity of care. Making access to healthcare via telehealth permanent for Medicare beneficiaries will allow this to continue and serve you when you most need help from a specialist.

Let’s show our support and make access to telehealth permanent through the Expanded Telehealth Access Act. Please take a moment to contact your representative by filling out the form below. Thank you for advocating for yourself and others who will benefit from greater access to medical care!