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Congressman Greg Gianforte (R-Mont.) and Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo (D-Calif.), chair of the Health Subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Committee, on Wednesday introduced the National Telehealth Strategy and Data Advancement Act, H.R. 5763, to expand telehealth services throughout the country.
Industry and thought leaders have advocated expanding telehealth services for years. Read below to see what they’re saying.
Congressman Greg Gianforte (R-Mont.) and Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo (D-Calif.), chair of the Health Subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Committee, today introduced legislation to expand telehealth services throughout the country.
Their bipartisan National Telehealth Strategy and Data Advancement Act will increase access to care, reduce health care costs, collect critical information to improve policymaking, and streamline the administration of federal grants for researching the use of technology in health care.
At a recent hearing of the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Health Subcommittee, Congressman Greg Gianforte urged lawmakers to focus on addressing addiction and questioned a leading expert about the connection between marijuana and mental health.
“To consider making any Schedule I drug legal and more readily available without adequate research is a misplaced priority when addiction continues to ravage our country,” Gianforte said. “Instead, we should continue to focus on combating addiction.”
Congressman Greg Gianforte (R-Mont.) recently introduced the bipartisan PBM Transparency and Prescription Drug Costs Act, H.R. 5304, with Congressman Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.). The bill will increase transparency, hold pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) accountable, and help lower prescription drug prices.
This bipartisan bill will mandate quarterly reports on the costs, fees, and rebate information associated with PBM contracts. This reform ensures employers know the true costs of the services they are paying for and passes on savings to consumers.
At a congressional hearing today on Medicare for All, Congressman Greg Gianforte issued a warning about the destructive impact Medicare for All would have on Montana.
“Medicare is critical to Montana seniors, and we should work to protect the benefits they’ve earned. I believe the federal government must honor the commitment it made to our seniors. But Medicare for All will destroy Medicare as we know it,” Gianforte warned.
The U.S. House of Representatives yesterday passed a bill from Congressman Greg Gianforte (R-Mont.) to increase transparency within the drug pricing process and lower prescription drug prices.
Ahead of the House vote, Gianforte described to lawmakers one of the health care challenges many Montanans face. “Far too many Montanans can’t afford the prescription drugs they need. They shouldn’t have to leave the pharmacy counter emptyhanded because costs are too high,” Gianforte said.
At a committee hearing yesterday, Congressman Greg Gianforte urged lawmakers to expand access to high-quality, affordable health care by prioritizing telehealth.
Gianforte cited challenges rural communities face with access to health care.
“[In Montana,] we have a lot of space and not many practitioners. We don’t have specialists. Telehealth is one way to bring those to these rural communities so they can maintain the viability of our critical access hospitals,” Gianforte said.
Congressman Greg Gianforte recently introduced bipartisan legislation with Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas) and Congressmen Chris Stewart (R-Utah) and Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) to create a universal telephone number as the National Suicide Hotline.
The legislation designates “9-8-8” as the universal telephone number for the national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline system, which operates through the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and the Veteran’s Crisis Line.