Rep. Ted Budd Proposes Bill Expanding Telemedicine During COVID-19
Washington, February 2, 2021
Washington, D.C. -- Today, Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC) introduced the Equal Access to Care Act along with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).
The bill removes bureaucratic barriers to telemedicine by allowing licensed health care providers to treat telehealth patients across state lines for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rep. Budd said in a statement:
“Senseless government bureaucracy should never get in the way treating someone who is sick. Patients, especially those in rural America, deserve as many options as possible if they need to see a doctor online or over the phone. This common sense bill makes it easier for healthcare providers to treat patients and for patients to quickly get the care they need.”
Sen. Cruz said in a statement:
“The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the American people’s need for personalized healthcare, especially for people without ready access to care or those living in areas hit hard by the virus. I am proud to reintroduce this commonsense legislation that empowers patients and doctors to break through the bureaucratic red tape and expands access to telemedicine. Now more than ever, families and individuals should have the freedom to make the healthcare choices that fit their needs.”