Congresswoman Shelley Berkley has cosponsored the bipartisan Veterans E-Health & Telemedicine Support Act of 2012. The bill, which was introduced today, increases access to telemedicine for America's vets and specifically ensures greater access for veterans to mental health care along with other services available through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
"This legislation will reduce barriers to VA care for our veterans by ending outdated restrictions on the use of telemedicine that limit access to mental health services and other care," said Berkley. "Our goal is to expand diagnostic and treatment options for veterans who need the services of a mental health or medical professional, but there's not one available where they live. One way we can do that is to allow well-qualified health care professionals to treat veterans across state lines through the use of telemedicine. This change to current policy will enable Nevada veterans to receive telemedicine consultations and care through the VA in their own homes or at a local community center."
The Veterans E-Health & Telemedicine Support Act of 2012 allows VA health professionals to practice telemedicine across state borders by reducing bureaucratic barriers that currently hinder interstate e-health care.
The Bill has been endorsed by Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), American Telemedicine Association and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Berkley joins a bipartisan group of 10 other members of Congress as cosponsors of the Act introduced by Congressman Glenn Thompson (R-PA) and Congressman Charlie Rangel, (D-NY).