Telehealth Advocacy

Patient choice matters to everyone.

Medicare relies on an outmoded approach to managing the needs and costs for the growing number of beneficiaries with multiple chronic conditions, who are homebound, or at-risk for inpatient stays.  Archaic reimbursement policies make it nearly impossible for Medicare patients in rural and urban areas to gain access to the high-quality care they deserve. 

Here are the tough facts: 

• 80% of Medicare beneficiaries are denied telehealth coverage because they live in urban areas,
• Outdated laws prevent Medicare patients from accessing healthcare services outside their state, and
• 95% of Medicare budget is spent on just 15% of beneficiaries

On May 3, 2017, Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and Sens. Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), John Thune (R-S.D.), and Mark Warner (D-Va.) re-introduced the Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (CONNECT) for Health Act which aims to remove barriers to telemedicine expansion in Medicare. The bill (S. 1016) would serve as a way to expand telehealth and remote patient monitoring services in Medicare, make it easier for patients to connect with their health care providers, and help reduce costs for patients and providers.

ALL Medicare patients deserve access to quality care.

That’s why we need your help to urge your law makers to co-sponsor the CONNECT for Health Act (S. 1016). Contact your members of Congress below and urge them to co-sponsor S. 1016. Let them know how important this bill is to you and your loved ones. 

Keep the momentum going!
Use the hashtag #YestoCONNECT to be a part of the conversation and find your members of Congress on Twitter with this list of usernames or search them on Facebook. Click here for a pre-written tweet to post or help you get started on your messaging. 


Called or emailed your elected officials? We want to hear about it!

After you notify your elected officials, notify ATA by completing our Advocacy Activity Form below or here