Advocacy Alert: Send an Email to Budget Conferees to Support Telehealth

A new advocacy message is available to click and send to legislators who are part of the FY 2012 Budget Conference Committee, which is charged with compromising the House and Senate versions of the state budget before it’s sent to the Governor.

The Home Care Alliance, thanks to State Senator Richard Moore, saw a Senate budget amendment pass that would bring MassHealth reimbursement for telehealth services provided by a home health agency.

You can help support this issue by visiting the HCA’s Legislative Action Center and clicking on the telehealth message. Simply fill out your contact information and click “send messages” to email each member of the conference committee.

Here is the language of the telehealth budget amendment (# 593) that passed in the Senate:

Messrs. Moore, Montigny and Tarr moved that the bill be amended, in Section 2, in item 4000-0500, by adding the following words:- “; provided further, that for purposes of long-term health care cost savings and enhanced patient care, the commonwealth shall recognize telehealth remote patient monitoring provided by home health agencies as a service to clients otherwise reimbursable through Medicaid”.

You can also call the conference committee members and ask that they support Senate budget amendment # 593 relative to telehealth. Contact info for the conferees is below:

  • Sen. Stephen Brewer – 617-722-1540
  • Sen. Steven Baddour – 617-722-1604
  • Sen. Michael Knapik – 617-722-1415
  • Rep. Brian Dempsey – 617-722-2990
  • Rep. Viriato Manuel deMacedo – 617-722-2100
  • Rep. Stephen Kulik – 617-722-2380

If you have any questions or would like to learn more, please contact the Alliance.

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