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Topper, Quinn Discuss Legislation to Expand Telemedicine Access
6/16/2016
HARRISBURG – Today, Reps. Jesse Topper (R-Bedford/Fulton/Franklin) and Marguerite Quinn (R-Bucks) discussed legislation aimed at increasing access to quality health care and updating the Commonwealth’s laws to regulate the use of telemedicine in the Commonwealth. Topper and Quinn were joined by Sens. Tom Killion (R-Delaware) and Elder Vogel (R-Beaver), who are introducing companion legislation in the Senate, and other stakeholders, including the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP).

Topper’s legislation, House Bill 1619, would permit Pennsylvania to join the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact. The compact, which has been spearheaded by the Federation of State Medical Boards, is designed to allow eligible licensed physicians in one state to treat patients in other states via telemedicine, increasing health care access to patients in underserved areas.

“My legislation is about increasing patient access to quality health care. With today’s technology, patients can interact with doctors anywhere around the globe, but our laws are currently not structured to permit this treatment. My legislation would allow patients to consult with and be treated by specialists who may be registered out of state. Ultimately, my legislation will increase access to quality health care for underserved regions and benefit Pennsylvanians,” said Topper.

In order to bring Pennsylvania’s laws up-to-date with the telemedicine technology, Quinn will be introducing legislation to regulate telemedicine and ensure that it protects Pennsylvania’s consumers.

“Telemedicine has the opportunity to provide better care, improve outcomes and lower costs to consumers. Additionally, it offers greater convenience for consumers. Many businesses across the Commonwealth are already offering telemedicine as a part of their benefits portfolios. My legislation will make sure that consumers are protected, while continuing to allow telemedicine to flourish across the Commonwealth,” said Quinn.

“Policy around physician licensing is a century behind schedule, and we need to bring it up to current expectations, recognizing increased consumer demand for health care and improved telehealth technology capabilities. Health care access is a real issue in Pennsylvania and will only become more of a concern if changes are not made now,” said Dr. Michael Consuelos, HAP’s senior vice president of clinical integration. “We thank Reps. Topper and Quinn for their leadership in addressing the use of telehealth in Pennsylvania.”

Topper’s legislation was approved unanimously today in the House of Representatives. Currently, 16 states have already enacted similar legislation to join the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, with legislation pending in 10 additional states, including Pennsylvania. The legislation now goes to the Senate for consideration.


Representative Jesse Topper
78th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Eric Reath
717.260.6187
ereath@pahousegop.com  
Representative Marguerite Quinn
143rd District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Morgan Dux
717.260.6695
mdux@pahousegop.com  
RepQuinn.net / Facebook.com/RepQuinn
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