ATA COMMENDS CONGRESS FOR BIPARTISAN RESOLUTIONS RECOGNIZING THE 3rd ANNUAL TELEHEALTH AWARENESS WEEK
SENATE UNANIMOUSLY PASSES TELEHEALTH AWARENESS WEEK RESOLUTION
70 Congressional Leaders from both Chambers are Supporting Telehealth Awareness
WASHINGTON, DC, SEPTEMBER 27, 2023 – The American Telemedicine Association (ATA), the premier organization working to accelerate the adoption of telehealth, commends the U.S. Senate for unanimously passing a bipartisan resolution (S.Res.368) recognizing the third annual Telehealth Awareness Week (September 17-23, 2023). The Senate resolution was co-sponsored by U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-HI), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Ben Cardin (D-MD), John Thune (R-SD), Mark Warner (D-VA) and Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS). The U.S. House of Representatives also introduced a similar resolution (H.Res.676), co-led by Representatives John Curtis (R-UT), Bill Johnson (R-OH), Doris Matsui (D-CA) and Mike Thompson (D-CA).
Seventy members of Congress, representing 34 states have signed on as Policy Champions of this year’s Telehealth Awareness Week, a national platform engaging healthcare organizations, telehealth service providers, patient advocacy groups, policymakers and stakeholders at every level to support the advancement of telehealth as a quality care option for all Americans.
“This is a significant demonstration of support from policymakers on both sides of the aisle and from both chambers,” said Kyle Zebley, senior vice president, public policy, the ATA, and executive director, ATA Action. “Our Telehealth Awareness Week Policy Champions are in lockstep in support of telehealth and continue to play a critical role in helping to secure permanent access to virtual care for all Americans. We are proud to celebrate their achievements as we work together to advance a future of care delivery that ensures all individuals have access safe, quality healthcare whenever and wherever they need it.”
About the ATA
As the only organization completely focused on advancing telehealth, the American Telemedicine Association is committed to ensuring that everyone has access to safe, affordable, and appropriate care when and where they need it, enabling the system to do more good for more people. The ATA represents a broad and inclusive member network of leading healthcare delivery systems, academic institutions, technology solution providers and payers, as well as partner organizations and alliances, working to advance industry adoption of telehealth, promote responsible policy, advocate for government and market normalization, and provide education and resources to help integrate virtual care into emerging value-based delivery models.
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