Help Reduce Health Care Barriers for Veterans
Ask Your Representative to Support the VETS Act!
The Parkinson's Action Network (PAN) believes that all people with Parkinson's deserve access to quality health care; however we know that traveling to see specialists, like a neurologist or movement disorder specialist, can be difficult due to location and mobility concerns. Telemedicine, or the use of technology to deliver health care remotely, allows doctors to treat patients from miles away and has the potential to be a valuable service for the Parkinson's community in order to increase quality of life and better manage symptoms.
While PAN is exploring options to reduce barriers for all people with Parkinson's, the Veterans E-Health and Telemedicine Support (VETS) Act of 2013 (H.R. 2001) is a critical step forward in the adoption of telemedicine that would benefit everyone. Currently, state licensure laws restrict the care that veterans receive via telemedicine by requiring them to travel to a federally-owned facility if the doctor and patient are located in different states. This is an artificial restriction that prohibits veterans, especially those in rural areas without access to specialists and those who find travel difficult, from receiving quality care.
Act today and ask your Representative to support quality health care for our veterans by co-sponsoring the VETS Act (H.R. 2001).