- Policy Platforms
In a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Western Governors highlighted what western states have been doing to advance mutual health care priorities, especially those related to telehealth and behavioral health. The letter of June 30, signed by WGA Chair, Idaho Gov. Brad Little, and WGA Vice-Chair, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, encouraged the agency to implement changes outlined in WGA Policy Resolution 2022-07, Physical and Behavioral Health Care in Western States, that would establish permanent telehealth services. “Western Governors urge the federal government to make permanent regulatory changes based on waivers and authorizations granted during the COVID-19 public health crisis to provide flexibility and increase access to telehealth and telementoring,” the letter read. “We propose actions to create an environment conducive to the expansion of telehealth beyond the pandemic.” Read, download the letter for full details.