Western Governors urge Congress to permanently expand telehealth services

In a letter to Congress, Western Governors urged lawmakers to expand telehealth services by establishing permanent regulatory and statutory changes based on temporary waivers and authorizations. The letter of June 30, signed by WGA Chair, Idaho Gov. Brad Little, and WGA Vice-Chair, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, encouraged Congress to adopt recommendations outlined in WGA Policy Resolution 2022-07, Physical and Behavioral Health Care in Western States. “Telehealth helps address the challenges faced by our states, especially related to behavioral health, and serves as a critical tool to advance access in rural areas and among underserved populations,” the letter read. “Expansion of telehealth service is a significant priority for us as we contemplate strategies to increase access to care.” Read, download the letter for the full set of recommendations.

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