Legislation would increase access to quality care in rural America
Nov 29 2016
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) commended the U.S. Senate’s passage today of the Expanding Capacity for Health Outcomes Act (ECHO Act, S. 2873). The bipartisan bill would integrate an innovative continuing medical education model into health systems across the country, expanding the use of telemedicine to provide specialty care to patients in rural areas.
“Kansans enjoy a special way of life that would not be possible without access to quality health care,” said Sen. Moran. “It is often a struggle, however, to provide specialty care in many of our rural communities. Telemedicine is an important tool we can utilize to get patients in rural areas access to these services. The model expanded by this legislation holds promise to expand medical capabilities in rural America and helps make best-practice care available to more Kansans regardless of where they live.”
The legislation passed the Senate 97-0 and now awaits consideration by the U.S. House of Representatives.