HB 4 - Telehealth Continuity
When the COVID-19 pandemic forced many doctors' offices and clinics to temporarily close their doors or severely limit in-person visitation, the State of Texas granted waivers to allow for increased access to telehealth options. In particular, these waivers allowed many of the programs provided by the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) to be delivered remotely. The list of services impacted by these waivers includes Early Childhood Intervention, the Children with Special Health Care Needs Program, nutritional counseling services, and physical, occupational, and speech therapy.
by Representative Four Price would make these waivers permanent, thus allowing HHSC to continue offering telehealth alternatives in addition to their traditional services. This is great news for those in rural areas and those with limited mobility who may find it difficult to travel to their healthcare providers.
More generally speaking, we need additional affordable options for healthcare. Broad access to telehealth options obviously allows for greater access to care, but it can also help bring down costs as individuals have a cheaper option that still meets their needs. I am in full support of this bill and the flexibility it will provide to patients.