House Approves VETS Act

The House of Representatives has approved a bill that will allow the Department of Veterans Affairs www.va.gov health professionals to practice telemedicine across state borders and care for more veterans.

The bill H.R. 3123, the “Veterans E-Health and Telemedicine Support (VETS) Act of 2017, www.congress.gov introduced by Representatives Glen “GT” Thompson (R-PA) https://thompson.house.gov and Julia Brownley (D-CA) https://juliabrownley.house.gov allows VA doctors to practice telemedicine across state lines.

Specifically, the bill would:

  • Create a VA state licensure exemption to allow VA-credentialed healthcare professionals to work across state borders to perform telemedicine without having to obtain a new license in that state
  • Expand the definition of exempt healthcare professionals to include VA doctors
  • Remove the location requirement to allow for care regardless of where the healthcare professional or patient is located
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