Ernst pushes for expansion of telehealth care for veterans

Senator from Iowa points to ‘invisible struggles of mental health care'

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By James Q. Lynch

Elderly, disabled and rural veterans would have more access to health care if Congress approves legislation proposed by Sen. Joni Ernst to remove barriers to the expansion of telehealth services by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The Veterans E-Health & Telemedicine Support Act (VETS), which the Iowa Republican is introducing with Hawaii Democratic Sen. Mazie Hirono, “moves us one step closer to achieving more affordable, patient-centered health care” beyond the walls of a VA facility. Sen. Chuck Grassley also is a co-sponsor.

Telehealth care is an innovative approach to meeting the needs of 225,000 Iowa veterans and more than 21 million veterans nationwide, “including the invisible struggles of mental health care,” Ernst, a lieutenant colonel in the Iowa Army National Guard, said in her weekly conference call with reporters.hire vets

Telehealth care is not new to the VA. Veterans’ use of telehealth services increased 18 percent in fiscal 2014 and 12 percent of veterans received some of their care through telehealth services, Ernst said.

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