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PAN Alert: Help Reduce Health Care Barriers for Veterans
- May 23 2013
The Parkinson's Disease Foundation (PDF) has received another important update from the Parkinson's Action Network (PAN) about supporting veterans living with Parkinson's disease.
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).
PAN is the voice of the Parkinson's community in Washington, DC. In fiscal year 2013, PDF is supporting PAN with a grant of $200,000.
Source Date: May 23 2013